New Jersey police search for answers after 14-year-old boy hospitalized for at least eight stab wounds

New Jersey police are scouring for leads after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times during the early hours of Saturday morning.

Passaic, NJ Deputy Police Chief Christopher Storzill said the attack occurred around 4 a.m. at 81 Third Street in the small town. The victim suffered at least eight stab wounds to his stomach, arms, and back.

First responders rushed the boy to St. Joseph’s Hospital in nearby Paterson, NJ, where he is currently being treated with heavy medication in an intensive care unit.  

His health is listed in stable condition.

Mysterious stabbing

According to northjersey.com, police have not provided a description of the suspect, who currently remains at large. It is not clear if law enforcement have identified a person-of-interest in the case.

The crime occurred either inside or near a multi-family apartment building in Passaic. The unit is located just west of NJ Route 21 and County Route 624.

The neighborhood is considered a Manhattan-commute borough due to its close proximity to New York City.

Storzill said that officers have canvassed the area, speaking to witnesses and looking for video evidence of the scene. There are numerous shops and stores nearby that may provide recorded or eyewitness testimony.

Declining crime

In a half-century of record-keeping, the New Jersey murder rate reached a low point in 2017. Homicides fell by 10 percent that year, and nearly all crime statistics have declined recently.

“Community policing, being in the streets, walking in each other’s shoes invariably is a central element to success in keeping that trend going the right direction,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said.

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The state has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. Murphy recently rescinded a law that would have made it easier for citizens to obtain concealed-carry permits.

There are no restrictions on concealed knives in New Jersey, however — and in 2017, there were 2,137 assaults involving knives throughout the Garden State.

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