New Jersey firefighter charged with murder in street shooting

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Anthony Johnson has the story

A New Jersey firefighter was arrested and charged with murder in connection with a shooting on Monday evening.

Paterson police responded to a call of a shooting on the corner of Madison and Essex Street around 4:45 p.m.

The responding officer found 39-year-old Juan Martinez unresponsive and rendered aid before the victim was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital. Authorities say he died of his injuries while in the operating room.

Detectives were able to identify 30-year-old Paterson resident and firefighter Kaheem Hunt as one the suspects in the case.

He was arrested and charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and weapon offenses.

Authorities have not said if Hunt or Martinez knew one another prior to the incident.

A memorial has gone up near the scene, with a huge wall mural was being painted to remember Martinez. Dozens of candles lined the wall and several pictures of the victim were also located on the corner.

In court, Hunt claimed he was a military veteran. At this point, police are still trying to determine the motive for the murder and what sparked the argument that led to it.

Authorities said they are still looking for witnesses and other suspects involved in the crime.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call The Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.

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