PATERSON - Police say four people were shot, one fatally, during the early morning hours today in Paterson.

Authorities say one woman died after she was shot in the abdomen and transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Three others, two females and a male, were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

About 10 plainclothes Paterson police officers were on the scene of the shooting today, questioning people along Park Avenue where the three people were found shot. The others were investigating outside of 745 East 22nd street, where the woman was discovered shot inside the first floor.

Police say two gunmen appeared on foot at Park Avenue and East 22nd and started shooting into a crowd of people. Whether or not any of the victims were targeted was not yet clear.

The names of the victims have not yet been released.

A local resident says the shootings are expected, considering the heavy drug sales in the area.