Shooting in Montclair At Greenwood and Glenridge Avenues (Updated)

Shooting in Montclair At Greenwood and Glenridge Avenues

The victim has been identified as Jalen Riley, 20, of Montclair.

2:30 p.m. – Update from Montclair’s Chief Sabagh:

Police responded to shots fired last night on Greenwood ave. A victim was found with multiple gun shot wounds. He was transported to University hospital and is listed in critical but stable condition. Montclair police detectives are actively pursuing all leads connected to this incident. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

Baristanet has received unconfirmed reports that the victim is a Montclair resident, and had attended Montclair High School.

A 20-year-old man was shot and seriously wounded early this morning, around 1:15 am, at the corner of Glen Ridge and Greenwood Aves.; according to Breaking News Network, the victim was shot multiple times and is in serious condition.

Last week, police, on report of a tip from an anonymous caller, arrested a man on Greenwood Avenue, in possession of a silver handgun, Chrome Taurus PT-92, caliber: 9mm. The serial number was defaced.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not one of those sky-is-falling type of people, but really, the frequency of this stuff around is starting to get alarming.

  2. While I have no proof, and this is purely hypothesis… this has all the signs of being drug related.

    The way for police to deal with drug dealing in the neighborhoods is with extreme prejudice. That means some freedoms of individuals will be lessened for the collective good (and safety) of everyone.

    When the community and law enforcement step up firmly to say, “We will not allow this to happen,”… only then will it stop. I do not get the impression that has happened yet.

  3. “While I have no proof, and this is purely hypothesis”

    –uh oh…brace yourself…

    “this has all the signs of being drug related.”

    —based on your extensive personal knowledge of the drug trade, one presumes…

    “The way for police to deal with drug dealing in the neighborhoods is with extreme prejudice.”

    —now there’s a telephone tough guy sentiment. long on attitude, short on fact—what is it specifically that you want from your police state, “sophomore’?

    “that means some freedoms of individuals will be lessened for the collective good (and safety) of everyone.”

    —thank goodness you were only engaging in hypothesis. hate to see what you’d recommend based on fact. oh, wait—your facts ARE hypotheses. never mind…

    even if your theories are correct, they do not immediately lead to whatever foulness you are proposing. simple rule: feel free to enumerate the rights you wish to forgo, but do understand that the rest of the planet might want its own say in how it is governed.

  4. This upward trend in crime happens every year when the weather gets hot. The creepers come out of their homes and wander the streets and the heat makes them more aggressive. In the winter they’ll retreat back inside and next summer we’ll read more alarmed comments about how crime is increasing.

    This is an awful thing, but not as new as people would think. Also with summer comes an increase in home robberies. Please keep an eye out for repair vans at neighbors homes while they are away. Before my parents sold their house the numbers in the blocks around them was scary.

  5. The South End does have a few streets that are obviously not good, but not ALL the South End is like that. I’m typing this from a beautiful street in the South End right now, right on the border of Glen Ridge. Let’s not overgeneralize. Also, for people in Upper Montclair, just about any place could be called a ghetto. But seriously, there are no real ghettos in this town.

  6. “Let’s not overgeneralize. Also, for people in Upper Montclair, just about any place could be called a ghetto.”
    ???

    Also, this didn’t happen in the South End.

  7. I don’t believe that’s considered the South End. There are clearly a few neighborhoods/blocks that have higher rates of crime which is predominantly drug related. The whole town really needs to get involved, and a good start is with the absentee landlords who collect rent but don’t maintain their properties. A start would be fining them and maybe instead of trying to use eminent domain laws to grab a parking pad for the police, the council could take a look at some of the worst offenders and make it possible for someone who cares a chance to buy a distressed property and make it their own. Chicago is doing a really interesting experiment with foreclosed homes. Not the same, but giving poor families who actually live here a chance to own a previously neglected property could start to make a difference.

  8. let’s look at recent crime in montclair involving shootings or murders.. shooting death in the frog hollow, shooting death on mission street, shooting death in canterbury park, but some how there is no direct correlation between all those areas?…hate to say it but profiling has to be done, and that’s how you weed out the problems and deter those from the town. the housing projects on greenwood are filled with drugs and want to be montclair gangsters. until these areas get fixed it will continue to bring the great town of montclair down

  9. Ooh,jimbo8, another one who wants to take away our rights. Another thinly veiled racist comment. Walking while black needs to be made a crime, especially if you’re under 25.

  10. That corner hasn’t been the scene of prior violence in the recent past, as far as I know.

    Perhaps it really was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m sure the prosecutor’s office will have a statement out in due course.

    I hope the guy recovers and moves on with his life. Too many young people dying in Montclair in the past two weeks.

  11. “hate to say it but profiling has to be done”

    —sorry…i’ll call you on that one. you don’t “hate” profiling at all. it’s what you are about.

    again, absent of facts, you are happy to quickly deal away the rights of other citizens. your ill-informed, paranoid fears will not dissolve the Constitution, thankfully.

  12. latebloomer I am sorry I offended you with choice of words, when I stated profiling it was not in a racist manner. Profiling those who look up to no good not the color of skin friend. I am assuming everything throughout your spectrum is politically correct but if you look at those involved in recent murders and arrests, they all had to do with either drugs or gangs, go by james st, go by the greenwood projects, mission and new street and see the derelicts that hang around there.. now I know this is hard for you to understand but when you put a higher police presence in these areas and begin to sweep out the problems by lack of a better term “profiling” then you will see change. Until then lets ignore the problem by saying the people within these certain areas are not the problem, and see how much is accomplished.

  13. The Burger King in Cedar Grove was held up two nights ago; that is right on top of the Subway robbery in Verona. It never ends…

  14. This is nitpicking, but could we just stop referring to the apartments on Greenwood Ave. as “the projects”

  15. It would be interesting to note which corners or blocks in Montclair have had any shootings or violent crimes in the past fie years. I’d be surprised if this corner is in the top 20, esp if you excluded the Y pool shooting.

  16. The police do a pretty good job of apprehending the criminals. They’re not stupid, they know which areas have higher crime raters than average. It’s what happens AFTER the apprehension. It’s the legislative branch that is at fault here. The laws simply aren’t tough enough on criminals, especially those with priors. Not everyone deserves a second (or third or fourth) chance.

  17. frobnitz- why is that your top concern in this situation?.. it is section 8 housing and they are called the greenwood housing projects. for now on we will call the mansions around town the really big houses too if that makes you feel better

  18. Jimbo: It is not my main concern in this situation. Just semantics. As I posted, I was just nitpicking. However, anyone who grew up in Section 8 (“projects”) housing will understand how a word, phrase or designation impacts on self esteem. Okay, I’ll feel better if we call the mansions in town “really big houses”

  19. Mrs Martta wrote:

    They’re not stupid, they know which areas have higher crime raters than average. It’s what happens AFTER the apprehension. It’s the legislative branch that is at fault here. The laws simply aren’t tough enough on criminals, especially those with priors. Not everyone deserves a second (or third or fourth) chance.

    ————–

    A tiny percentage, maybe 15%, of criminal cases actually get to trial in Essex County.

    The prosecutor offers a deal to plead to a lesser charge, the defendant counters, and they strike a deal. Add in time served before conviction, and most folks are looking a short stay.

    I don’t know if it’s still the case but it used to be the goal to plead to charges carrying 364 or fewer days. That way you serve in Essex County and don’t risk going to Salem County etc for state prison. Since Essex County is chronically over crowded, you get out in a few months if you don’t screw up.

    (Way back when the jail was in Caldwell, the joke was a van would show up with 10 new guys to serve their sentence. Ten guys already there would be picked for “get out of jail free” and hop on the bus to go home.)

  20. Also NJ’s Supreme Court rulings re: bail (literally everyone is entitled to “affordable” bail, no matter what the charges, or how many arrests they are already out on bail for) and ridiculously backlogged criminal courts combine to keep criminals on the streets for years after they have been arrested (often multiple times).

  21. “when I stated profiling it was not in a racist manner.”

    —ok, the non-racial profiling is what you meant. of course! how could we be so silly? stop it.

    “The laws simply aren’t tough enough on criminals, especially those with priors. Not everyone deserves a second (or third or fourth) chance.”

    —so, you’re saying we don’t jail enough people in this country?

    that is utterly absurd. the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, yet does not have the highest crime rate. you have three strikes, mandatory minimums, inane drug laws and your solution is to build more jails? rather than recommending that we live in a police state, how about you examining your paranoia and sourcing it to something inside your own head, rather than blaming an Other?

  22. I doubt that stop and frisk would have much benefit in Montclair. Even in NYC, it’s only used in precincts ranking in the top 5% (10%?) of violent gun crimes in the city.

  23. Find me a gas station open 24 hours a day, and I will find you people up to no good within a small vicinity. If you are 20 years old and walking the streets after midnight….chances are….

  24. Public corporal punishment is the solution to our over crowded prisons. Getting rid of our “war on drugs” would be a great place to start. We would save billions and our crime rate would plummet.

  25. jcunningham – your totally right it’s totally my paranoia to blame. or maybe the fact friday night i was dining at pig and prince as I left my car parked across from the greenwood “garden apartments” next to the taekwando store front, and upon leaving several crowds of individuals littered the streets drinking and blatantly smoking pot right on the street, possibly even individuals involved with the later incident, but no cops are around rather they’re probably setting speed traps on north mountain avenue

  26. There’s an article in Barron’s this weekend about the legalization of weed in Colorado and Washington State. As well as the semi-legalization in California.

    They estimate that a national legalization, tax, and monitoring (like alcohol and cigarettes) would produce significant harm to the Mexican drug gangs, and many of their heavily armed networks in the US. Nobody seems sure exactly what would happen to those gangs and all the DEA police etc in the US. Weed seems to be the cash crop although heroin etc is also trafficked.

    The issue is being watched closely, needless to say.

  27. Montclair does not have a housing project. Greenwood ave is not part of “South End”.
    The victim was not literally standing on the corner, he was in the courtyard of his residence.
    Profiling of any kind is illegal, ask the state police…

    The real problem in this town is “repeat offenders”. The courts are failing us all. In each shooting in MTC over the last few years the perp has had several dozen run-ins with law enforcement.
    Anton Duckett (YMCA )
    Earnest Williams (Hollow)
    Brandon Brown (Canterbury park)
    I’m sure the perp in the most recent shooting will have had at least a dozen criminal contacts with local police. Kudos to MPD, boo to the Essex county court system.
    FYI all these people are Montclair born and breed.

  28. “Public corporal punishment is the solution to our over crowded prisons. Getting rid of our “war on drugs” would be a great place to start. We would save billions and our crime rate would plummet.”

    WOW!!! I agree with something Sheepy said!

  29. Really comeon? After sheepy insulted you and disparaged your name (won’t be repeated here) to the extent where his comments had to be removed by the editors.

    Not only is your opinion on corporal punishmant primitive, you are also conspicuously lacking in self respect.

  30. You are like a broken calendar comeon, right twice a year. The first time was in giving yourself a name. The second time is now. I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2014. If you post something intelligent before then, I’ll put a medal on yerchest.

  31. I believe that the area by Greenwood is called “Willowside” by the resilient element who wish it were some sort of “hood”. See here: https://thehoodup.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=39625&hilit=Elm

    I would hope that all residents in town might encourage the police to stop people who are openly identifying themselves with a known criminal subculture by wearing gang colors, gang beads, gang jewelry while wearing the hairstyles that all the gangsters wear (trying their best to be threatening and intimidating) and walking in the street when there are plenty of sidewalks. People who live in Projects and wish to project the most ignorant element or who want their HUD housing to be identified as some sort of “PJ” often enjoy “posting up” in the courtyard and the lobby. That’s not typical of normal (as in non-criminally inclined) apartment residents. Look at the apartments on Harrison Ave and on Valley Rd. There are late night gatherings or shootings in the courtyard at either complex.

    Jimbo8 is spot on in his observations. Protective tolerance is the reason that there’s a small handful of streets in town where these wannabe gangsters feel like it’s perfectly acceptable to act like they are in some kind of concentrated, hard core ghetto deep in the urban sprawl. These local wannabe G’s film themselves on youtube, and real gangsters laugh at all the huge Queen Anne Victorian Mansions in the background. “That’s not the hood”. But, if they close their eyes, drop litter in people’s manicured landscaping enough, it will soon enough be a hood fit for a hip hop video.

    caterwaul80, I’m with you. There are so many beautiful blocks in the South End. There are far too many generalizations made by people who are not at all familiar with what they are speaking of. I’ve often gone for walks up Madison avenue and through Franklin, Spencer and Linden Avenue. Canterbury Drive and the area around Canterbury Park are quiet, picturesque streets with a nice variety of well cared-for homes. The area surrounding Nishuane Park has beautiful homes as well, of course.

  32. On one of the murder threads I mentioned the Newark PD and Essex County have been grabbing stashes and weapons as a result of local tips. Some Newark residents have decided they would rather evict the gangs and their drug activity to some other corner, and take their guns etc with them.

    Maybe it’s time for Montclair take backs with paid tips for information resulting in seized weapons or drug stashes. And. arrest the suburban buyers. Toss ’em in the hole and let them sit there while the courts crawl toward bail hearings.

  33. Silverleaf….I don’t know what Sheepy said about me in a post that was removed due to content nor do I care. Obviously he is here only to agitate. I agree with Sheepy on the “war on drugs”….It has been a failure for the past 30 years.
    You (Silverleaf) have fallen into the Sheepy vortex! Snap out of it!

    BTW….how is a broken calender right twice a year?

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