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ALERT: Suspect Sought for Shooting Five People in Passaic


Authorities in Passaic County are requesting the public’s assistance in locating the individual charged regarding the November 21, shooting investigation in the area of Lafayette Avenue and Howe Avenue in Passaic. 

According to police, on November 21, at approximately 12:55 a.m., members of the Passaic Police Department responded to the area of Lafayette Avenue and Howe Avenue on a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival the police located a potential crime scene a 4-year-old child, a 21-year-old female Passaic resident, a 25-year-old female Newark, resident and a 29-year-old male Newark, resident who each sustained non-fatal gunshot wounds.

The victims were immediately transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson for treatment.

Police located a fifth victim, a 21-year-old male Passaic resident, who had sustained a graze wound during the shooting and refused medical treatment.

Police determined that a group gathered for an event in the backyard of a residence located in the area of Lafayette Avenue and Howe Avenue when two gunmen opened fire, striking the victims.

Based on the investigation, Ernest Fuentes was identified as one the shooters and a warrant was issued for his arrest

The public is being requested to view Mr. Fuente’s photo in an attempt to locate him.

If anyone sees Ernest Fuentes they are to contact Detective Raymond Rodriguez at 973-365-3939.

The public should not try to approach Mr. Fuentes if they see him.