Hackensack man charged in deadly 2023 Paterson shooting

Prosecutors say during the investigation, detectives learned that Christopher Thomas was one of the shooters involved in the incident.

Lanette Espy

Mar 14, 2024, 11:12 AM

Updated 34 days ago

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A man from Hackensack has been charged with first degree murder for killing a 22-year-old woman in a drive-by shooting in Paterson.
Passaic County prosecutors say Christopher Thomas, 26, was arrested Wednesday in connection to the death of Mary Taylor who was killed in October 2023 in the area of Van Houten Street and Cianci Street.
Police say they chased suspects, including Thomas, but stopped when it became too dangerous.
Prosecutors say during the investigation, detectives learned that Christopher Thomas was one of the shooters involved in the incident. He’s scheduled to appear at Central Judicial Processing for his first appearance.
According to officials, the state will file a motion for pretrial detention which will be heard by a superior court judge.
It's unclear how many other suspects are being investigated.
The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office asks anyone with additional information about the incident to contact 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.


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