ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Reports of shots fired in Englewood led to the arrests of four people on weapons charges as the new year turned.
Police initially found no shell casings, property damage or injuries after the first call from the Rock Creek Housing Complex came in at 8:10 p.m. on New Year's Eve, Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told Daily Voice on Monday.
Another call of several shots came in just after 2 a.m.
Officers who surrounded the Rock Creek perimeter spotted four people walking on Jones Road on the complex's rear east side, Torell said.
They were stopped as they tried to drive away, he said.
"[I]t was determined that the group had knowledge of the shooting and that they had discarded a handgun as the officers were approaching them," Torell said.
Police recovered the loaded .40-caliber hangun, the captain said.
Charged with illegal weapons possession were four city residents: Jason Eaves and Patrick Sellers Jr., both 26; Varian Hooks, 25; and Daivon Hooks, 21.
Eaves and Varian Hooks also were charged with being convicted felons in possession of a handgun. Hooks also was charged on two unrelated warrants -- one for failing to pay child support.
Both Eaves and Hooks were being held on $70,000 bail each in the Bergen County Jail.
Sellers and Daivon Hooks were being held on $35,000 bail each.
"At this point, we have determined that the shootings do not appear to be related to the Dec. 14 drive-by shooting on the west side of the city," Torell said. "We do believe that there is an ongoing dispute between at least one of the four arrested and other Englewood residents that reside in or frequent Rock Creek."
Torell said police also were investigating an armed robbery that happened on Second Street about an hour after the first gunshot call.
A 54-year-old city resident told police he was approached from behind by two men, one of whom held a gun on him with the other took his wallet containing cash.
"These investigations are ongoing and we are urging anyone with any information to call the Englewood CrimeStoppers group at 1-844-466-6789," Torell said.