UPDATE: A member of rapper Fetty Wap's entourage was charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses after an argument in a Paterson deli ended with three shot, authorities told Daily Voice early Monday.
Raheem Thomas, a 36-year-old ex-con, was among a group of associates with Wap at the Montclair Deli on Montclair Avenue near Paxton Street when the incident began around 4 a.m. Sunday, city Police Director Jerry Speziale said.
The groups got into it a short time after Wap -- aka Jerry Maxwell -- arrived, Speziale said.
Thomas drew a gun and hit one of the other men with it, the director said.
The fight spilled into the street, where three victims were struck by gunfure, he said.
One of them, a 34-year-old man, was struck in the lower leg, the director said.
Police found a second victim three blocks away with a gunshot wound to the torso, he said.
Both victims were taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.
"A short time later, Hackensack University Medical Center reported a gunshot victim arriving at the trauma center by private vehicle," Speziale said.
An investigation led detectives to Thomas, who was arrested early Monday near his North 3rd Street home, he said.
Speziale didn't confirm reports from unnamed sources in other media that Wap was robbed.
The director praised the work of Detective Michael Quinones and Passaic County Prosecutor’s Detective Ricardo Ferreira of the Ceasefire Unit in making such a quick arreste.
Also participating were Detectives Ricardo Ferreira, Christopher Ravallese and Joehan Suarez, along with Detective Sgt. Anthony Hyatt, along with members of the Paterson Police Emergency Response Team.
Maxwell wasn't in initially charged.
However, Speziale said an investigation was continuing.
PATERSON, N.J. -- Authorities were trying to determine whether the shooting of a 33-year-old man brought to Hackensack University Medical Center was related to the shootings of two other men in Paterson before dawn Sunday.
Officers responding at 5:10 a.m. to a shots-fired call in the area of Montclair Avenue and Paxton Street found one of the victims, 34, with a gunshot wound in the leg, Police Director Jerry Speziale said.
A second victim, 37, was found about three blocks away with a gunshot wound in the torso, he said.
Both were taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, the director said.
Soon after, later. HUMC reported that a man with a gunshot wound had arrived at its trauma center for treatment.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to contact Detective Michael Quinones or Passaic County Prosecutor’s Detective Ricardo Ferreira of the Ceasefire Unit at (973) 321-1342.
You can also text information anonymously via patersonpd.com, Speziale said.
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