An “ongoing war” between rival gangs in Jersey City and Hoboken led to two day time shootings in the Heights this morning, Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh wrote on Facebook.
“Posting for your information regarding an ongoing war between two rival groups – one in Hoboken, and one in Jersey City Heights. I will be talking with the Captain and Police Chief to make sure we hold these gangs to account and rid our community of this senseless violence,” he wrote.
“The car involved in the shooting has been recovered in Hoboken. The two shootings are *both* gang related. Please stay safe and know that Jersey City’s Police Department is working and coordinating with Hoboken PD.”
Both shootings occurred before 11 a.m. today, the first one near Leonard Street and Summit Avenue and the other by the intersection of Franklin Street and New York Avenue.
One man was injured by the gun fire, and another suffered non-life threatening injuries, but no further details are being released since the investigation is ongoing, said city spokeswoman Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione.
On Thursday morning, the JCPD and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office worked together to arrest one of the shooters Lagrone Ladson, 42, of Jersey City, Wallace-Scalcione stated.
He was charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses, she said. Officials did not clarify which incident Ladson was involved in.
Editor’s note: This story was updated with new information.