An early morning drive-by shooting in front of city hall in Bayonne has left one man injured.
The Bayonne Police Department confirmed that on July 5 at 8:25 a.m., officers responded to the area between 27th and 28th Street and Avenue C on a report of shots fired.
Officers located a male victim, 24, with gunshot wounds. Police said he was immediately transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Later in the day, police made an arrest in the shooting.
The Bayonne Police Department announced the arrest of Malachi F. Worsley, 27, of East Orange on July 5 at 2:39 p.m., just six hours after the shooting.
An immediate investigation by the BPD Detective Bureau was initiated, and all the witnesses and CCTV footage were consulted, police said. The investigation revealed that while the victim was seated in the rear passenger compartment of a parked vehicle in front of city hall, the suspect’s vehicle pulled alongside it.
It was at this point that the driver, later identified as Worsley, allegedly brandished a handgun and fired it at the victim. The victim was struck twice in the upper torso. The suspect allegedly fled northbound on Avenue C.
A detailed and systematic search for the suspect’s vehicle led to the vehicle being discovered parked and unoccupied in the Greenville section of Jersey City, according to authorities. With the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department, Bayonne Police detectives attempted to apprehend Worsley as he returned to the vehicle.
Upon noticing detectives, Worsley led police on a foot chase which ended in his apprehension approximately four blocks away.
Worsley is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and certain persons not to possess a weapon.
The victim is currently in stable condition.
Bayonne Police Chief Robert Geisler condemned the drive-by shooting in a statement, acknowledging all the officers and detectives who worked quickly to bring the incident to a close.
“This type of senseless violence by an individual with no regard for human life has no place in society, let alone in our community,” Geisler said. “This type of random violence puts us all on edge.”
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