Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Shooting Victim, 22, Listed as Critical

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Shooting Victim, 22, Listed as Critical

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PATERSON -- In the city's worst month of the year for gun violence, a 22-year-old Paterson man who was shot multiple times early Thursday morning is in critical condition, police said.

The gunfire began after an altercation on the street, but police have not disclosed what the dispute was about or wheth-er the man was directly in-volved.

Officers found him lying in the road near North Eighth and Oxford streets at 2:25 a.m., Police Director Jerry Speziale said.

"We will investigate this matter fully and will hold those responsible to the fullest extent of the law," Speziale said.

The police director cited a new initiative under which police say the involvement of one member of a street gang in a shooting triggers a full-scale police crackdown against all other members of the same group.

The campaign could include arrests of gang members with pending warrants or increased police presence on the group's turf. …

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