JERSEY CITY -- Seven teenagers were arrested this week for their involvement in a shooting on Saturday night near Pershing Field, the city park located in the Heights section.
Police said on Wednesday that officers arrested a 16-year-old Clarke Avenue boy, believed to be the alleged shooter, at his home Monday night and he was charged with aggravated assault, and weapons offenses, including possession of a weapon by a juvenile. Four other boys were also arrested that day on rioting charges. Then the remaining two boys were arrested Wednesday morning, including a 16-year-old Bostwick Avenue charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses, and a 15-year-old teen who was charged with rioting.
Police said the seven teens were picked up Saturday night after officers responded to a call around 9:45 p.m. of a woman suffering a non-threatening leg wound after shots were fired in the area of Manhattan and Central avenues. While responding, police officers on the scene saw teens running west toward Sherman Place, where officers recovered a .25 caliber gun and .45 caliber gun.
Police said after the teens were picked up, they were released into the custody of their guardians since the victim could not identify who shot her. The arrests were made after the investigation by officers in the North District looked at surveillance video and conducted additional interviews with witnesses.
Police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information can call the police department tip line at (201) 547-JAIL. - RK