Crime Scene Tape

Three shooting incidents over the last three days at opposite ends of the city left several people wounded, one critically.

On Saturday three people were shot in the Holland Gardens housing project downtown. According to multiple sources, including Mayor Fulop’s spokesperson, Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, who responded to an inquiry from the Jersey Journal, a 44-year-old man was left in critical condition from gunshot wounds to the abdomen and rectum.

Also wounded in the incident that apparently grew out of an argument was a 38-year-old man who was shot in the lower left leg and a 41-year-old woman who sustained injuries to her face in an assault. The man was treated at a nearby hospital and released. The shootings took place at 10:22 p.m.

According to Scalcione, Nasir Jordan, 40 of Jersey City was arrested and police recovered a loaded handgun. Jordan is facing multiple charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Two shootings were also reported in Greenville over the last two days.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Sunday, gunshots rang out in the vicinity of 114 Bidwell Avenue. According to reports, the shooting left multiple homes and vehicles damaged. A gun was recovered in the street.

At 12:30 this morning, a man was reportedly shot in the back in the vicinity of Warner Rutgers Avenues. No further details were available.

Scalcione had not responded to an email concerning the Greenville shootings at the time of publication.

Many cities around the country have experienced an increase in gun violence over the last two years.

The extent of crime generally, and shootings in particular, in Jersey City is unknown. Without explanation, the Fulop administration stopped publishing monthly CompStat crime data in June of 2019.

New York City residents, by contrast, have access to fresh crime data, including shootings, from weekly CompStat reports posted on the city’s website.

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Aaron Morrill

Aaron is a writer, musician and lawyer. Aaron attended Berklee College of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase. Aaron served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. He received a J.D....