3 Jersey City gang members charged in connection with shooting 12-year-old in the leg

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Three Jersey City gang members were charged in connection with shooting a 12-year-old in the leg earlier this month, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Marc Taylor, also known as “Bando,” 18, Jashawn Tate, aka “Trilly,” 18, and Damari Blackwell, aka “Juggy,” 18, all of Jersey City, are each charged by complaint with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, Carpenito said in a statement.

They are scheduled to make their initial appearances July 16, 2020, by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III.

Taylor, Tate, and Blackwell are associated with three violent street gangs, which have operated pursuant to an alliance since at least September 2019.

These gangs historically were associated with specific neighborhoods in Jersey City: the Marion Gardens Housing Complex, Rutgers Avenue, and the Curries Woods Housing Projects.

Since the inception of this alliance, members and associates of Marion, Rutgers, and Curries Woods have operated as a cohesive unit, particularly with respect to their retaliatory acts of violence against rival gangs.

On July 7th, the trio drove to rival gang territory and approached a group of individuals.

Taylor fired numerous rounds with a .45 caliber handgun through the front passenger seat window of a vehicle while Blackwell simultaneously attempted to fire a Tec-9 assault pistol through the sunroof.

A 12-year-old was shot in the leg. Following this assault, Tate attempted to evade law enforcement by fleeing Jersey City in a stolen car and crashed, which resulted in the apprehension of the three defendants.

This targeted assault in rival gang territory appears to be a retaliation for a previous shooting, authorities said.

On the count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity, Taylor, Tate, and Blackwell each face up to 20 years in prison.

For their respective charges for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, Taylor, Tate, and Blackwell each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison – which must run consecutively to any term of imprisonment imposed on any other charges.

Carpenito credited the Jersey City Police Department, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, and special agents of the FBI, for the investigation leading to the charges and arrests.

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