Man shot by stray bullet while lying in bed in New Jersey

PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- A 35-year-old man lying in bed in a New Jersey apartment was struck by a stray bullet when gunfire erupted outside early Monday.

It happened around 12:15 a.m. on East 23rd Street and Park Avenue in Paterson.

Police say arriving officers located a potential crime scene and a 35-year-old male victim from Yonkers, New York, who sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound.

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He was immediately transported to Saint Joseph's University Medical Center for treatment.

Based upon the initial investigation, it was determined that the victim was sleeping in the residence when he was struck by gunfire coming from the exterior.

In addition, gunfire struck the outside of the residence and three motor vehicles.

"I didn't see anything, I just heard shooting," said one of the car owners, who didn't want he name used. "I'm just trying to take care of my car right now."

One mother who lives on the street say the crime is getting out of control.

"I just want to move out, because I have four kids here and I just get nervous with my kids," she said. "Sometimes they go to work, and they come over here at night, and we don't know what's going to happen."

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is investigating, and Mayor Andre Sayegh did not comment.

The mayor has recently out rolled out numerous economic, jobs, education, policing, and home ownership initiatives in his city, and while the shooting is far from a setback, gun violence remains a problem still plaguing some neighborhoods.

"This is not the first time," the mother said.
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No arrests have been made, and the investigation remains active and ongoing.

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office is asking anyone with information to contact the tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org, or contact the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342.

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