A 14-year-old girl was killed and another teenager was injured in a shooting on Saturday night in Paterson, N.J., less than three months after a 12-year-old was killed in another shooting, officials said.
The girl, Nazerah Coleman, a freshman at International High School who played on a local basketball team, died from her injuries, the police said. A 15-year-old girl was injured and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she was being treated on Sunday.
The girls were shot around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday at Clinton Street and North Main Street, the police said. On Sunday, dozens of people gathered there and signed a memorial, a white sheet surrounded by candles.
The authorities have released few details about the shooting, but the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said that it was investigating.
Nazerah appeared to be an innocent bystander caught in gunfire that erupted on the street, said Anthony Davis, a city councilman in Paterson, which has 145,000 residents. Members of the community were shocked by the violence and concerned about the safety of their children, Mr. Davis said.
“I refuse to think that this is a normal thing. I’m tired of looking at these white sheets,” Mr. Davis said, referring to the memorial.
Earlier this summer, a 12-year-old girl was killed in Paterson, prompting a rally at City Hall against violence. The girl, Genesis Rincon, was shot in the head on July 5 while riding a scooter with friends.
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