Police in Orange New Jersey are looking into four separate shootings that resulted in significant physical injuries to at least four people.
The shootings occurred over a period of just four days, with two of the shooting incidents happening within an hour of each other.
According to Orange authorities, the first shooting occurred on a Saturday night. The victim, an adult male, was walking on Elizabeth Street in Orange NJ when someone fired a gunshot at him. The victim was treated for his injuries at an Essex County hospital and was later listed in stable condition.
The second shooting incident happened on the same night in the area of North Center Street and Washington Street. The victim, a 17-year-old boy, was shot in his arm as he walked along North Center Street. Fortunately, he survived the attack.
Later in the week, the third shooting incident occurred. An adult male sustained serious injuries when he was shot while walking along Oakwood Avenue in Orange, New Jersey. According to officials, there were several gunshots fired.
Authorities have not released any information about the fourth shooting incident.
Detectives with the Orange Police Department are investigating the four shootings and looking for suspects. If police can eventually identify the shooters, criminal charges for aggravated assault could be forthcoming. N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 stipulates that anyone who uses a deadly weapon like a handgun or a knife to knowingly cause a bodily injury can be charged with a third degree criminal offense. A conviction on third degree aggravated assault charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
Additionally, the shooters could potentially be charged with weapons offenses.
For more information, read the NJ.com article, “Shootings Leave 4 Wounded in 4 Days in Orange, Source Says.”