Man Charged With September Shooting in Paterson

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald announce that based upon an investigation by the Paterson Police Department, in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Vanden L. Carter, 29 years old, from Englewood, New Jersey, was arrested on Wednesday in relation to a shooting investigation that took place September 15th in the area of North Straight Street.

Police charged Mr. Carter with Attempted Murder, First Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Second Degree; Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, Second Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, First Degree; and Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons, Second Degree.
On September 15, 2018 at approximately 1:20 a.m. members of the Paterson Police Department responded to the area of North Straight Street Paterson, NJ on a report of shots fired.

Upon arrival the police located a 44-year-old male Paterson resident who had sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson for treatment.

Police say based on the investigation Mr. Carter was identified as the shooter and arrested in the area of Governor Street Paterson.

The sentencing exposure for Mr. Carter on First Degree Attempted Murder is 10-20 years New Jersey State Prison with 85% of those terms to be served before parole pursuant to the No Early Release Act and 5 years parole supervision; on Second Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with a minimum of 42 months before parole eligibility pursuant to the Graves Act; on Second Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with 42 months of parole ineligibility pursuant to the Graves Act; on First Degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon it is 10-20 years New Jersey State Prison with a minimum of 60 months before parole eligibility pursuant to the Graves Act, on Second Degree Certain Persons not to Possess a Firearm it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison.

The State intends to file a motion for pretrial detention in this matter that will be heard by a Superior Court Judge.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342.