Bayonne Police Captain Eric Amato provided the following press release this evening pertaining to the arrest of an East Orange man involved in a shooting incident this morning in front of City Hall on Avenue C:
BAYONNE POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Bayonne Police Department announces the arrest of 27-year old Malachi F. Worsley of Park Avenue, East Orange, NJ on July 5, 2020 at 1439 hours (2:39 pm). His arrest comes roughly 6 hours following a shooting incident that had occurred earlier in the day at 0825 hours (8:25 am) in front of City Hall (27th/28th Street and Avenue C).
On 07/05/2020 at 0825 hours, officers responded to the area of Avenue C between 27th Street and 28th Street on reports of shots fired. Upon their arrival, they located and met with the 24-year old male victim of Newark, NJ who had suffered 2 gunshot wounds to the left side of his upper torso. Bayonne Police Department and Fire Department personnel immediately rendered aid to the victim and had him transported to the Jersey City Medical Center to be treated.
An immediate investigation by the Bayonne Police DepartmentDetective Bureau was initiated as all witnesses and CCTV footage were consulted. The investigation revealed that while the victim was seated in the rear passenger compartment of a parked vehicle in front of City Hall, the suspect vehicle pulled alongside of it. It was at this point that the driver, later identified as Worsley, brandished a handgun and fire it at the victim, striking the victim twice in the upper torso before fleeing northbound on Avenue C.
A detailed and systematic search for the suspect vehicle led to the vehicle being discovered parked and unoccupied in the Greenville section of Jersey City. With the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department, Bayonne Police detectives attempted to apprehend Worsley as he returned to the vehicle. Upon noticing the detectives, Worsley initiated a foot chase which ended in Worsley’s apprehension approximately 4 city blocks away.Worsley is being charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Certain Persons not to Possess a Weapon (Firearm).
The victim is currently listed in stable condition.
Bayonne Police Chief Robert Geisler states, “This type of senseless violence by an individual with no regard for human life has no place in society, let alone in our community. This type of random violence puts all of us on edge. I would like to acknowledge all of the officers and detectives who worked quickly to bring this incident to a close before anyone else was injured.”
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