According to authorities, the 19-year-old victim called police from a Mission Street home to report that he had been shot in the foot.
When police officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim on the front steps of the house. Emergency medical responders then transported the victim to University Hospital in Newark NJ, where he received treatment for his injuries.
Thankfully, no one else was injured as a result of the shooting.
Montclair detectives are actively investigating the incident. At this time, it is not known exactly where the shooting took place. Moreover, police have not yet released information about the nature of the shooting; it is not known if the shooting was intentional, accidental, or self-inflicted.
Police officers were unable to find a weapon at the scene.
Although these kinds of shootings are not a regular occurrence in Montclair NJ, there have been a number of recent shootings in the Mission Street area. This has increased the urgency for detectives who are investigating the incident.
If a suspect in this shooting is eventually identified, they could be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b, aggravated assault can be classified as a second degree felony if the attack involved a deadly weapon. This means that the shooter in this case could potentially be sentenced to 5–10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The Montclair Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in figuring out exactly what happened. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call detectives at 973-509-4724.
For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Man Hospitalized After Being Shot in Montclair, Police Say.”