UPDATE: A 32-year-old Paterson woman clung to life Wednesday, three days after a shooting that left two companions dead and another wounded. Latoya LeSane, a senior living assistant and former dance studio owner, remained in critical condition at St. Joe's after she and the others were shot inside a BMW on 12th Avenue Sunday night.
ORIGINAL STORY: Two occupants of a BMW were dead, a third was in critical condition and a fourth was wounded in a shooting late Sunday in Paterson, authorities said.
This came after four previous shootings in just under 4½ hours late Friday into Saturday – one of them during a robbery.
It was the 43rd shooting in the city this year, compared with 58 at this same time in 2017, records show.
The two killings raised the overall number of Paterson homicide victims to six in 2018. There were 19 at this point last year.
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The victims “were seated in their vehicle on 12th Avenue where the shooting took place,” just after 11 p.m. Monday, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald said.
The BMW kept going until eventually coming to rest near East 18th Street and Broadway, in front of a taxi stand, witnesses said.
Killed were a 33-year-old woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and a 48-year-old man, who was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center.
A 32-year-old woman remained in critical condition at St. Joe’s. The fourth victim, a 30-year-old man, sustained injuries that weren’t life-threatening, authorities said.
Authorities didn't disclose how they believe the shooting happened or whether there may have been more than one assailant.
“The investigation is active and ongoing, and more information will be released when it becomes available and family notifications have been made,” Valdes and Oswald said.
The prosecutor asked that anyone who saw something or has information that could help investigators contact her office’s tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Paterson Police Detective Bureau: (973) 321-1120 .
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