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Drive By Shooting In Paramus

On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at approximately 6:30 pm, Paramus Police detectives responded to Hackensack University Medical Center in regards to a patient with a injury that was possibly consistent with a pellet-gun or firearm wound.

Paramus detectives interviewed the victim a 23 year old, female, Greek citizen who is visiting the United States. The victim reported that at approximately 5:15 pm, she and two male friends were walking east, towards Route 17, in the parking lot of Westfield Garden State Plaza, between Legal Seafood and Macys when she felt something strike her in the chest area. The victim and her companions then got in their vehicle and left the parking lot. The victim and her friends reported that they saw and heard nothing during the incident. The parking lot was crowded at the time of the event. A short time later the victim noticed that she has a small wound in the area of the strike. At that time she and her friends drove to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment.

Paramus officers searched and canvassed the Westfield parking area, and several surrounding locations with negative results. Detectives returned today to conduct further review of surveillance video from several locations. The victim was kept in the hospital overnight for observation and was released early this afternoon. Police are still waiting to receive, from doctors, the item that caused the wound. There is no further information available at this time. Police ask anyone who might have information to contact the Paramus Police Detective Division at 201-262-3400 extension 553.

Kenneth R. Ehrenberg
Chief of Police
Paramus Police Department

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