A 15-year-old has been charged in the shooting Saturday evening that sent two 16-year-olds to the hospital, one remaining in critical condition, The Jersey Journal reports.
The 15-year-old, a resident of Claremont Avenue, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.
He is currently being held in police custody and will be remanded to the County Youth House.
The boy was shot in the shoulder and is in stable condition at Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health, Morrill said. The girl was also taken to the hospital and is in critical condition, according to Morrill.
Multiple shots were fired during the incident, police said. Morrill was not sure what area of the girl’s body had been struck by gunfire.
It is unclear if the two victims knew each other or if they were the intended targets.
Jersey City Police Cease Fire detectives worked diligently overnight to solve the case, Morrill said. The 15-year-old was arrested Sunday after detectives spotted him outside of his home.
WABC-TV Eyewitness News talked to a man at the scene who claimed to be the boy’s uncle. He would not say what started the violence or how his nephew was doing. He was visibly distraught and too upset to speak on camera, the report said.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the Jersey City Police Department confidential tip line at (201) 547-JAIL.