Montclair resident shot in thigh, investigation ongoing
Police are investigating the April 30 shooting of a Montclair resident.
At approximately 10:36 p.m., the Montclair police received an anonymous call of a possible shooting on Mission Street that had occurred one hour earlier, police said in their weekly blotter. The caller reported hearing a possible gunshot and then observing a man who was bleeding from his leg entering a red vehicle and leaving the area.
When officers arrived on Mission Street, they found no victims, witnesses or used bullet casings, police said. While officers were on the scene, Montclair police dispatch received a call from East Orange General Hospital saying a person was in the hospital's emergency room with a gunshot wound, and the incident reportedly occurred in Montclair.
Investigators interviewed the the person who'd been shot, a 31-year-old Montclair resident who was treated for a single gunshot wound to the right thigh, police said.
Police didn't say in the blotter what if any information they learned from the man who'd been shot. They said the location of the shooting remains undetermined, and the investigation is ongoing.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Steven Mateo at 973-509-4721 or Detective Tyler Manley at 973-509-4722.
The following additional activity has been reported by Montclair Police in their weekly blotter:
Thefts from motor vehicles
Wednesday, April 28 — Someone reported his unlocked vehicle was entered while parked on Hartley Street. A laptop and wallet containing cash and credit cards were removed.
Thursday, April 29 — Someone reported that his vehicle was entered and a bag containing an iPad and birth certificates were stolen. Surveillance video from the area showed two males, about 16 to 18 years old, both with thin builds. One of the males was wearing a black hoodie with a 2Pac picture on the front of it, dark-colored jogger sweatpants and light sneakers. The second was wearing a black hoodie, light-colored jogger sweatpants, a pair of Air Jordans 4 sneakers and a blue colored backpack.
Friday, April 30 — A resident reported that his vehicle was entered during the overnight hours on Forest Street. Approximately $5 in loose change was taken along with his wallet, containing credit and debit cards. Approximately six unauthorized charges were made against his credit and debit cards in Newark. While an officer was gathering information for the report, a second individual approached the officer to report his vehicle was also entered. Approximately $10 in loose change was taken from the second vehicle.
Friday, April 30 — A resident reported that two males removed the catalytic converter to a 2004 Honda Element. At approximately 2 a.m., the resident heard what he described as a power tool being used in his driveway. Upon investigating the sound, he observed two male standing next to his vehicle. Both were said to be approximately 6 feet in height. One male was wearing a red shirt and the other was wearing a white hat. When the resident yelled out to them, the males ran north down the driveway, toward Walnut Street.
Saturday, May 1 — Someone reported her vehicle was entered and rummaged through during the overnight hours on High Street. A wallet containing credit and debit cards was stolen.
Stolen motor vehicles
Friday, April 30 — An officer located a 1999 Ford F35 Pickup truck reported stolen from Newark parked unoccupied on Nishuane Road. The vehicle was impounded and the owner was notified of its recovery.
Saturday, May 1 — A resident reported her 2006 Suzuki stolen between 4 p.m. April 30and 5:45 p.m. on May 1. The vehicle was reportedly left unlocked.
Thursday, April 29 — A 26-year-old man from Wayne was charged with driving while intoxicated following a single-car motor vehicle accident on Walnut Street.
Thursday, April 29 — A 31-year-old man from Montclair was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer following a disturbance call on Park Street in the area of the North Fullerton Parking Deck.
The police blotter is based on information provided to Montclair Local at the discretion of the Montclair Police Department, and reflects events as described by the department. It may not reflect the complete scope of police activity. Any descriptions of wrongful activity are merely allegations, and any persons mentioned in the blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The MPD encourages anyone who wishes to report criminal or suspicious activity, or who has information pertaining to an ongoing investigation, to call 973-744-1234. In an emergency, residents are urged to call 911.