A Jersey City gang member of the “300 Enterprise” group has been charged for a July 2020 shooting that injured a 12-year-old, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachel Honig announced.
Marc Taylor, also known as “Bando,” 20, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and one count of discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
On the July 7th, 2020, Taylor and two others, all of whom are associated with violent street gangs in Jersey City, drove to rival gang territory and approached a group of individuals standing on a sidewalk.
Taylor fired numerous rounds with a .45 caliber handgun through the front passenger seat window while another individual simultaneously attempted to fire a Tec-9 assault pistol through the sunroof.
A 12-year-old was shot in the leg. This targeted assault in rival gang territory was a retaliation for prior gang violence.
The criminal complaint sheds some light on gang activity in Jersey City, for starters indicating that the 300 gang was a subgroup that operated as a subset of the Marion Gardens street gang.
“Individuals who associated with the Marion Gardens street gang generally consisted of members and associates of the Brim and Sex, Money, Murder sets of the Bloods street gang and operated within the Marion Gardens Housing Complex,” the complaint says.
“Beginning in or around 2019, members of the 300 Enterprise became a subgroup of the Rutgers street gang and began to follow the leadership and rules thereof. Individuals who associated with Rutgers consisted primarily of members and associates of the 52 Hoover set of the Crips street gang.”
Furthermore, the Rutgers gang is said to operate primarily out of the area between Rutgers and McAdoo Avenues, as well as Triangle Park. Since they are affiliated with the Hoover Crips, they also typically wear the color orange.
The count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.
The count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life, which must run consecutively to any term of imprisonment imposed on any other charges.
Honig credited the Jersey City Police Department, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
This investigation was conducted as part of the Jersey City Violent Crime Initiative (VCI).
The VCI was formed in 2018 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Jersey City Police Department, for the sole purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Jersey City.