What seems likely gang-related incidents left a 27-year-old Paterson man dead in the back seat of his car in an east-end drug neighborhood late Friday and relatives victimized in a home invasion across town hours later.
Akean Williams was found just after 11:30 p.m. with “obvious gunshot wounds” in his Nissan Altima, parked outside a Carribean restaurant at the corner of 10th Avenue near East 28th Street, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald said in a joint announcement.
He was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.
The area is known as an open-air heroin marketplace dominated by the So Icy gang.
Authorities didn’t disclose information about an overnight home invasion that reportedly targeted Williams’s family .
Valdes asked that anyone with information that could help detectives find whoever was responsible for the crimes contact her office’s tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at (973) 321-1120 .
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