A 19-year-old man was shot in the head last night near the intersection of Johnston Avenue and Garabrant Street, The Jersey Journal is reporting .
He is “fighting for his life” according to that paper.
The 19-year-old was walking around 10:30 p.m. with a friend thought to be in his 20s when two armed men jumped out of a white SUV and ordered them to “run your pockets,” meaning give them everything from their pockets, the police source said.
The two victims both ran. The 19-year-old ran into a driveway on Garabrant Street and was shot in his head, the police source said. The other victim ran along Johnston Avenue and got away.
One firearm was recovered at the scene along with several shell casings, the source said.
The 19-year-old, a resident of Beach Street, sustained one gunshot wound and is in critical condition at the Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health, said city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill, adding detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting.
Jersey City Councilman Daniel Rivera coached the 19-year-old when the boy played youth baseball for the RBI Yankees. He said his son and the victim grew up together and were very close.
“I’ve seen this kid grow up, this is hitting me hard,” Rivera told The Jersey Journal. “I don’t have any words to describe this crime. This is really bad and I feel real bad for him and for the family.”
Rivera said the boy played first base and was a pitcher. “This is one big baseball family,” he said. “It’s a shame.”
Anyone with information about this incident should call the Jersey City Police Department confidential tipline at (201) 547-JAIL.