There is a massive police presence in West New York after a man fired shots at authorities while barricaded inside a home near the intersection of 57th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, multiple eye witnesses said.
Around 2:30 a.m., a vehicle initially refused to stop for police, with a man eventually pulling over in the area of 59th Street and Jackson Street before fleeing on foot, multiple sources confirmed.
According to several neighbors, the man then entered a nearby residence before firing shots at police.
George Payan, who lives on the block, said police are not allowing residents to re-enter their homes as the active investigation continues.
The West New York, North Bergen, Union City, Guttenberg and Weehawken Police Departments, as well as the Hudson and Bergen County Sheriff’s Office’s have responded to the incident and are still currently on the scene as of 12:30 p.m.
Briefly answering questions from the media inside La Meson restaurant, where town officials have invited displaced residents to eat lunch, Mayor Felix Roque praised the cooperative police work and confirmed that everyone is currently safe.
“It’s gonna take a couple of hours, but I’m just gonna say the prosecutor’s [office] is doing a phenomenal job and so is the West New York Police Department, the North Bergen Police Department, the sheriff’s office, and the Bergen County Police Department, this is a joint effort and we’re all going to try to hope and pray it’s going to be resolved peacefully.”
“I’m gonna say we have the finest police force in West New York and everybody right now is safe,” Roque added.
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has not released any further information on the incident at this time.