A 15-year-old Bayonne juvenile is facing several charges included criminal attempt murder for a shots fired incident early Thursday evening, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The juvenile, 15, of Bayonne, was charged with endangering another person, possession of certain bullets, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of criminal attempt murder, and two counts of aggravated assault, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
On Saturday at about 11:05 p.m., the teenager was taken into custody at police headquarters resulting from an investigation into shots fired on Thursday at around 5:20 p.m. in the area of 16th Street and Broadway.
On that date and time, officers in the area were alerted by multiple parties of the shooting that had just occurred and were able to observe a bullet hole in the window of a local business.
As officers were investigating, other police were directed by multiple witnesses to two apparent victims of the shooting, a 19-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, in the area standing next to their vehicle that had a bullet hole in the front windshield.
According to the victims, before the shooting, they pulled up to the area and the 19-year-old victim exited the vehicle and entered a convenience store to purchase a drink.
While inside, he was approached by three unknown men who began a verbal altercation with him. The victim ignored them, completed his purchase, and exited the store.
As he walked toward his vehicle, the three men exited the store and one of them, later identified as the juvenile, brandished a handgun and fired two shots in his direction, one shot striking the windshield of the vehicle.
All four people then fled the scene. The Bayonne Police Detective Bureau immediately began an investigation and were able to positively identify Juvenile 1 as the shooter.
On Saturday, as a result of the investigation, the teenager responded to police headquarters were he was placed into custody and charged accordingly.
Additionally, the bullets recovered from the scene were determined to be hollow point bullets, authorities said.