PATERSON, N.J. -- A seventh victim in seven weeks was shot dead on a Paterson street overnight Sunday, as a months-long shooting spree continued, authorities said.
Christian Cuevas, 24, of Paterson was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Medical Center after being shot several times in the 700 block of East 19th Street around 4:30 a.m., Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief William Fraher said early Sunday afternoon.
This year, 16 victims have died from gunfire -- compared with 19 total homicides all of 2015.
More than two dozen other victims have been wounded by gunfire in a late-summer spree of shootings that began the first week of August -- many of them after midnight and most in areas where drugs are sold.
Authorities have stopped short of blaming a gang war for the shootings, most of which have occurred each of the past eight weekends.
The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office was working with Paterson police to investigate the cold-blooded killings.
Anyone with information in any of the shootings is asked to call the Passaic County Prosecutor’s tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO firstname.lastname@example.org or Detective Ralph Fermin of the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at (973) 321-1120.
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