Teenager shot in Salem City was unintended target, police say

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Original article: www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2015/10/teenager_shot_in_salem_city_was_unintended_target.html

By Bill Gallo Jr. 


A Salem man has been jailed after allegedly shooting a teenager who was hit by a stray bullet on a city street this weekend, police say.

Jake Saxton, 37, of Craven Avenue, is charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a felon, according Salem City Chief of Police John A. Pelura III.

The incident unfolded shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, Pelura said, when the unidentified male was shot in the leg outside a house on Linden Street.

The victim was able to make his way to nearby Magnolia Street from where he was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Salem County in nearby Mannington Township in a private vehicle.

Pelura said the victim, who was treated and is now out of the hospital, was an unintended target.

The Salem County Prosecutor’s Office assisted Salem police in the investigation which lead them to Saxton, the chief said.

On Monday investigators from the prosecutor’s office and Salem police found Saxton on Olive Street near East Broadway in the city where he was arrested, Pelura said.

Lower Alloways Townhip Police assisted Sunday at the scene on Linden Street where the shooting took place.

Saxton is being held on $500,000 full cash bail in the Salem County Correctional Facility, Mannington Township.