Suspect in Gunfire Outside School 21 Had Been The Target of a 2012 Shooting
Thursday, February 7, 2013 • 10:41am
PATERSON, NJ – City police have identified 26-year-old Keshon Lucky as the suspect in a shooting that happened outside School 21 on Wednesday.
Lucky has been charged with attempted murder for firing several shots at 22-year-old Marquise Townsend, who was standing outside the school at about 3 pm, just before dismissal, police said.
Some of the shots struck the car in which Townsend fled, but he was not wounded, said Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez. Authorities say the shooting was not connected to the school other than the fact that it happened just outside the building. Still, city education officials placed the building on lockdown for about 20 minutes after the incident until police secured the area.
Lucky, a Paterson resident known to hang around the corner of 10th Avenue and E. 19th Street, had been the victim of a shooting on Jan. 8, 2012, police said. That incident happened outside a club near the corner of Beech and Essex streets and Lucky was wounded multiple times, police said. Lucky had been in critical condition before recovering.
That case remained unsolved, said Lt. Patrick Murray of the Cease-Fire unit. Murray said he does not recall Townsend being considered a suspect in the previous shooting.
Authorities are asking that anyone with information about Wednesday’s shooting contact or the whereabouts of Lucky contact the Criminal investigations Division at 973-321-1120 or the anonymous TIPS Hotline at 973-523-TIPS.