A 17-year-old is recovering after being shot near Mama Johnson Field in Hoboken last night, with shell casings and a gun recovered from the scene, police said.
Yesterday at about 9:19 p.m., Hoboken Police Officers responded to the area of 4th Street – between Jackson and Harrison Streets – to a confirmed shooting, Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera said.
Police Officer Jessica Pizanie located a 17-year-old male victim from Hoboken with a single gunshot wound. Pizanie, along with Police Officers Aaron Font and Marco Grossmann immediately rendered aid until the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance responded and took over.
The victim was transported to Jersey City Medical Center and later released. During the investigation, multiple shell casings and a 9mm handgun was recovered. No other victims have been identified or reported.
The investigation is ongoing with Det. John Quinones as lead detective.
If anyone has information on this incident, you may contact Quinones at 201-420-2100, ext. 3182 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone providing information may remain anonymous and Acting Chief Steven Aguiar has added police presence in the area and will remain, authorities said.
Additionally, 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos, who represents the area where the shooting occurred, sent out an email blast minutes ago acknowledging the incident and stating that it remains under investigation.
“Nothing is more paramount than the safety and well being of our community. We will continue to work closely with our public safety officials to do everything we can to ensure incidents like this, cease to happen,” he wrote.
Furthermore, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla thanked the Hoboken PD for their efforts and spoke out against violence.
“My thoughts are with the victim and his family, who is home and recovering. I am grateful for the swift action by the Hoboken Police Department who were in the direct vicinity and responded to last night’s shooting within seconds, immediately rendering aid and preventing an escalation of violence,” he said in a statement.
“While law enforcement continues to investigate the incident, it is yet another sober reminder that we can never accept gun violence of any kind, and we must work to keep guns off our streets by any means necessary.”
At 3:15 p.m., Cabrera indicated that the Hoboken PD recovered two more shell casings this morning, bringing the total number of casings recovered to eight, and that a window near 4th and Monroe Streets was struck with a bullet.
“The occupant of the apartment was home at the time and no one was injured. Any reports about their being a connection to last month’s shooting is just speculation at this time. Detectives are continuing to conduct their investigation and more information will be released to the public as it becomes available,” he added.
Editor’s note: This story was updated with a comment from Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and then later with a second update from Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cabrera.