Police arrested Mr. Najir Paige, 27, following a three week investigation into ashooting that occurred at a local bar earlier this month.
According to Linden Police just after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, Linden Police responded to Menga Lounge, located at 1906 E. St. George Ave, on a reported shooting.
Police said Linden Investigators alleged that Paige was involved in an altercation at the bar. Following the altercation Paige reportedly exited the bar, retrieved a handgun from a nearby vehicle, returned, and fired multiple shots through the front door of the bar.
A 28-year-old man, along with a 24-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman, were injured during the attack.
Police said Paige was arrested on August 24, 2022 after members of Union County S.W.A.T., with assistance from the Linden Police Department, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit executed a search warrant at his residence in East Orange.
He is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree possession of a weapon, and associated crimes.
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Paige is currently detained at the Essex County Jail pending an appearance in Superior Court. A second suspect, identified as 25-year-old Sharif Evans, also of East Orange, is also charged for his role in the incident. Evans currently remains at large.