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UPDATE: Arrest Made in Passaic Shooting


Passaic County authorities announced the arrest of Mr. Ricardo N. Collazo, 20-years old, from Paterson, for a non-fatal shooting investigation where Mr. Collazo was injured.

Police charged Mr. Collazo with Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, Second Degree and Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine, Fourth Degree.

According to police, on Sunday at approximately 12:20 a.m., Passaic Police located a motor vehicle in the area of Tulip Street and Oak Street that was coming from the area of Main and Chestnut Street.

Officials say while performing a motor vehicle stop, the police observed a 20-year-old male Paterson resident, later identified as Ricardo N. Collazo, who sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound, an 18-year-old male Passaic resident who suffered a graze wound, a 23-year-old male Passaic resident who did not suffer any injuries and an 18-year-old male Passaic resident who suffered minor lacerations from shattered glass.

According to police, Mr. Collazo was transported to Saint Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson for treatment Police observed multiple bullet holes on the motor vehicle.

Officers located a handgun in the trunk area while attempting to retrieve a projectile that struck the vehicle.

Based on the investigation Ricardo N. Collazo was arrested. Mr. Collazo was transported to the Passaic County Jail after being released from the hospital.

The State has filed 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 them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or contact the Passaic Police Department at 973-365-3900.