Bayonne teenagers arrested after alleged shots fired

No one was injured, and the handgun was not recovered

Some local teenagers have found themselves in deep trouble after defying more than just the stay-at-home order.

The Bayonne Police Department announced the arrest of five teenagers in relation to an incident of shots fired reported on April 12. The incident took place in the area of 21st Street and Kennedy Boulevard.

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Police identified the individuals as 18-year-old Elijah Odum of West 29th Street, 19-year-old Josiyah Santana of East 16th Street, 19-year-old Michael Stephens of West 17th Street, and 16-year-old and 17-year-old unnamed juveniles also from Bayonne.

The incident initially occurred on April 12, shortly after midnight. At 12:52 a.m., officers from the Bayonne Police Department responded to the area of 21st and Kennedy to reports of shots fired. On arrival, responding units met with several witnesses and two victims both from Bayonne, a 29-year-old female and a 28-year-old male.

Shooters flee

After speaking to the witnesses and the victims, officers confirmed that one gunshot had been fired through the victims’ bedroom window. A group of five males were allegedly observed fleeing the area after the shot was fired.

At the scene, officers observed the bullet hole through the bedroom window and were able to collect the 9mm shell casing from the bullet and another from in front of the victim’s bedroom dresser.

Bayonne Police Detectives were able to identify the group of five within two weeks, utilizing extensive investigative techniques and resources. Police determined that Elijah Odum was allegedly the actual shooter and warrants were issued for the arrest of all five teens.

Michael Stephens was taken into custody on April 22 in the area of 21st Street and Avenue. The two unnamed juveniles were taken into custody the next day on April 23 near 19th Street and Avenue. Josiyah Santana was taken into custody on April 24 near East 16 Street.

The four teenagers were charged aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

The fifth teen, Elijah Odum, was taken into custody on May 18 and charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun.

The handgun was never recovered.

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