Staten Island Man Arrested for Paterson Shooting

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, Mr. Harold Food, 31 years old, from Staten Island, NY, was arrested on July 30, in relation to a shooting investigation that took place July 13 in the area of Getty Avenue and Hemlock Street Paterson, NJ.

Hood is charged with Attempted Murder, First Degree; Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Second Degree (2 Counts) and Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, Second Degree, according to reports.

On July 13, members of the Paterson Police Department while on patrol, responded to the area of Getty Avenue and Hemlock Street after hearing multiple shots fired, reports say.

Reports state that upon arrival the police located a 27-year-old male East Orange resident located in a building on Getty Avenue.

According to reports, the victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was immediately transported to St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson.

Based on the investigation a complaint was issued for Mr. Hood’s arrest. Mr. Hood turned himself into the Paterson Police Department on July 30, reports say.

The sentencing exposure for Mr. Hood on First Degree Attempted Murder is 10-20 years New Jersey State Prison with 85% of the term 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; and on Second Degree Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose it is 5-10 years New Jersey State Prison with 42 months of parole ineligibility pursuant to the Graves Act, according to reports.

Reports say that the State intends to file a motion for pretrial detention for Mr. Hood 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 Department at 973-321-1120.