4 Dead, 3 Wounded in Paterson Shooting; Gang Ties Probed as Mayor Decries Violence

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At least four people are dead and three others are hospitalized with gunshot wounds after a late-night shooting in Paterson, New Jersey, the city's mayor said Wednesday.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, near Harrison and Carroll streets Tuesday night. Two others died at the hospital.

The investigation is ongoing, but Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh says it's possible the deaths were retaliation by one or more gang members who had recently been released from prison or jail. 

Authorities shut down the entire area overnight as they searched for potential suspects. No arrests appear to have been made.

"Clearly, the severity of this incident speaks to larger problems than urban violence that need to be addressed in the immediate future," Sayegh said in a statement. "We will have zero tolerance for violence in our city. I will personally engage in the process to curb these types of heinous incidents, which steal our young residents and instill fear in the community. This must end today."

Meanwhile, U.S. Marshals were involved in standoff with a murder suspect nearby on Hamilton Street Wednesday morning that ended in the death of the man, according to the state's Attorney General's Office.

"The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation of a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred this morning at approximately 6:30 a.m. inside an apartment located in the 100 block of Hamilton Avenue in Paterson, N.J. One male civilian sustained fatal injuries," the attorney general's office said in a statement.

It's not clear if the standoff suspect was involved in Tuesday's shooting, but Sayegh says he is wanted on a murder warrant in New York City, which is why the U.S. Marshals were involved.

"The decedent has been identified as Malik Canty, 36, of New York, N.Y.," the statement goes on to say. "The shooting involved members of the U.S. Marshals Service NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. The Task Force members were seeking to arrest Mr. Canty on a warrant out of New York City for criminally negligent homicide. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A loaded 9mm handgun was recovered near his body."

Both investigations are ongoing.

The overnight attack may have been gang retaliation, the mayor says.
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