Jersey City police vehicle ‘struck by gunshots’ in second shooting within one hour
Two shooting incidents in the South District of Jersey City, between approximately 7:20 PM and 8:00 PM on November 4, 2018, are under investigation – one of which included a JCPD vehicle struck by gunfire.
Jersey City has been grappling with a spate of gun violence over the past few weeks.
If tensions and fears weren’t bad enough, a Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) vehicle struck by a bullet – during the evening tour on November 4, 2018 – isn’t going to make the situation any better.
It’s not clear whether the event is isolated, but it was the second “shots fired” incident within a 1-hour timeframe in the South District of Jersey City.
According to Jersey City Spokesperson Ashley Manz, “at approximately 7:20 p.m., JCPD responded to a call for “shots fired” near Orient Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive.” No injuries were reported and the incident is under investigation.
Approximately 40 minutes later, near the area of Wilkinson Avenue and Ocean Avenue, “the passenger door of a police vehicle was struck by gun shots,” according to Manz. Similar to the Orient & MLK incident, no injuries were reported and an investigation is ongoing.
Though the city spokesperson didn’t indicate whether JCPD officers were targeted, sources with knowledge of the situation downplayed the possibility. According to one source, two JCPD South District officers were on regular patrol as they approached the scene of an apparent “shootout” and reported the incident over the radio.
It’s not clear at what point the JCPD vehicle was struck.
Furthermore, JCPD Chief Michael Kelly is supposedly “livid” about the situation because extra officers from other districts were assigned to patrol “problematic” areas of Ocean Avenue. The chief apparently believes that officers assigned to Ocean Ave. that responded to the Orient & MLK incident contributed to the public safety failure.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This article will be updated as more information becomes available.