UPDATED: Jersey City teen shot in the stomach on Wilkinson Avenue


A 14-year-old Jersey City teen is in “critical but stable condition” after being shot in the stomach on Wilkinson Avenue last night, a city spokeswoman said. 


Shortly after 8 p.m. yesterday, Hudson County View began walking down Wilkinson Avenue, with the street closed to traffic between the intersections of Clerk Street and Ocean Avenue.

The incident appeared to take place across the street from the Fred W. Martin Center for the Arts, located at 59 Wilkinson Ave., with several cop cars and police officers in the vicinity.

Officers investigating the incident had placed at least nine evidence markers down on the sidewalk where the incident took place.

Sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said that the shooting occurred around 7:30 p.m. and that the victim was in stable condition as of 11 p.m. last night.

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill added further clarity to the situation via an email this afternoon, explaining that three arrests had been made in connection to the incident.

“Approximately 15 minutes after the incident, police canvassing the area arrested Jamantay Gaines, who was seen holding a handgun and placing it into a van on Bidwell Avenue. Police recovered a loaded 9mm handgun,” she said.

Gaines, 19, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

Additionally, police made a separate gun arrest on Belmont Avenue just after midnight Tuesday after two men illegally entered a home under construction on Belmont Avenue.

In that instance, police recovered a loaded .45 caliber handgun, Morrill explained.

Shaheen Thomas, 29, of Montgomery Street, and Jalil Burns, 30, of Bostwick Avenue, were both charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, unlawful possession of a weapon, certain persons to not have weapons, and burglary.

The victim remains in “critical but stable condition” at the Jersey City Medical Center while the incident remains under investigation.

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