A gang related shooting in Greenville last night left one person injured and prompted gunshots a short time later several blocks away.
According to reports and a video posted to Instagram, police cordoned off the intersection of Neptune and Ocean avenues in front of Jeffrey Supermarket following the shooting. Police can be seen noting the location of spent shell casings with evidence markers.
According to one report, a rifle was used. One person suffered gunshot wounds to the shoulder and arm.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. another shooter reportedly fired a gun in the area of Union Street in retaliation for the earlier incident.
The area around Ocean and Neptune avenues is a known drug location with a history of gang activity, according to a report. The gangs reportedly move along Ocean Avenue between Neptune and Winfield avenues and in the area of Pamrapo Avenue and Old Bergen Road.
The spokesperson for Jersey City did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The extent of crime generally, and shootings in particular, in Jersey City is difficult to assess. Without explanation, the Fulop administration stopped publishing monthly CompStat crime data in June of 2019.
Jersey City crime data is only up-to-date through the first quarter of 2021. Crime data for both Hoboken and Newark is up-to-date for all of 2021.
Earlier this year, Jersey City began publishing a tally of “shooting incidents” and “shooting victims” but provided no definition for either category. Neither category is used by the F.B.I. in its crime reports.
Jersey City does not, like New York City or Newark, provide up-to-date data on major crime categories collected by the F.B.I. such as robbery, larceny, burglary, aggravated assault, rape and auto theft.
New York City and Newark residents have access to weekly crime data, including shootings, from weekly CompStat reports posted on their respective websites. Hoboken maintains a “Police Blotter” with detailed weekly reports of arrests.