One Killed, Two Wounded, in Thursday Shooting at Madison Ave. CITGO
Friday, November 1, 2013 • 3:46pm
PATERSON, NJ - A shooting incident Thursday night left a Clifton man dead and two other victims wounded--one critically--at a CITGO station at Madison Avenue and Broadway.
The incident occurred at 7:34 p.m., according to Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez. Nasir Hassain, 27, of Clifton, was shot in the torso and was pronounced dead early Friday morning at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Hassain and two other victims were shot during an apparent robbery attempt. One victim was shot in the thigh, received treatment and was released from St. Joseph's. Another victim remains in critical condition after being shot in the neck.
After a foot chase, Taheem Singletary, 19, of Harrison Street in Paterson, was caught, arrested and charged with murder, robbery and weapons offenses.
As the scene unfolded, off-duty officer Audrey Cooley was in the McDonald's across the street with her granddaughter. Cooley heard shots from the CITGO station and raced across the street to assist responding patrolmen as they secured the crime scene.
"Upon her arrival she observed the two victims inside the store and one lying in the doorway. Multiple casings were located outside of the store area." Rodriguez said. "Sgt. J. Fermin called out on a foot pursuit of a possible suspect in the area of the Calvary Baptist Church. Sgt. Fermin was able to apprehend and hold the suspect at gunpoint in the fenced in area of the church. Officer J. Galvan and Officer W. Neibanck had responded to Sgt. Fermin’s foot pursuit. Upon their arrival they climbed the fence into the church property and assisted Sgt. Fermin in handcuffing Taheem E. Singletary."
Rodriguez praised the patrolmen and Cooley for their quick response to the crime.
"If not for the quick and professional response of the Patrol Division, which included an off duty officer leaving her family to attend the needs of others, the apprehension of Mr. Singletary, moments after this horrific crime, would not have happened," Rodriguez said.