Police: Jersey City shooter, 18, arrested for drive-by attempt in Hoboken

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An 18-year-old from Jersey City was arrested for a drive by-attempt in Hoboken earlier this month that nearly struck two people: the intended target and an innocent bystander, police said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Edwin Hernandez, 18, of Jersey City, was charged on a warrant with criminal attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of weapons for unlawful purposes, and unlawful possession of weapons, according to Police Det. Lt. Danilo Cruz.

Yesterday, in conjunction with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hudson County Regional SWAT Team, and assisted by Jersey City Police Department, Hernandez was arrested by the Hoboken Police Department for his alleged involvement in a drive-by shooting.

On Monday, July 5th, a dark-colored vehicle drove by the area of 3rd and Jackson Streets and a single shot rang out from the vehicle at another person.

The bullet missed a 26-year-old man from Elizabeth believed to be the intended target. The bullet also went through a store front window and barely missed an employee.

Lead Dets. Michael Miranda and Christine Collins secured an arrest warrant for Hernandez and with the Hudson County Regional SWAT team, Hoboken Police Detectives Sgt. Anthony Russo, John Quinones and Bret Globke, Hernandez was placed under arrest at his Jersey City Heights apartment on Central Avenue.

Thereafter, a search of his apartment was conducted.

During the search, 22 small, clear plastic bags of suspected crack/cocaine and a clear plastic bag containing three larger rocks of suspected crack/cocaine were found.

The illegal narcotics were found to be in possession of one of the occupants identified as Leonardo Mora, 35, of Jersey City.

Mora was charged on a warrant with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) crack/cocaine, possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public Park, possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone, possession of CDS, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both Hernandez and Mora were processed before being transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility, authorities said.