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Local Resident Charged After Shotgun Blast Hits Passing Car On Old Tappan Street

Darden Bilali
Darden Bilali Photo Credit: BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

UPDATE: Authorities charged an Old Tappan resident whose shotgun sprayed a passing car with pellets when it accidentally went off in his driveway.

Darden Bilali, 46, was outside his Old Tappan Road home when the gun discharged shortly before 1:30 p.m.Thursday, hitting a car driven by a 71-year-old borough man with several pellets, authorities said.

The driver wasn’t injured in the accidental misfire between Rivervale Road and Washington Avenue, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella said Friday.

Musella’s Special Investigations Squad responded along with Old Tappan and River Vale police, as well as the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification, which collected evidence.

Authorities issued a summons charging Bilali with aggravated assault and criminal mischief and gave him an Aug. 12 first appearance date in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

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