ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A violent morning in New Jersey is all linked to the same suspect, according to the New Jersey State Police.
It all started when a gunman opened fire on a man and a woman in a home on West Palisade Avenue near Knickerbocker Road in Englewood at around 8:15 a.m.
The victims were rushed to the hospital in serious condition.
“We believe it’s an isolated incident specifically related to the individuals in this house,” said Englewood Police Chief Lawrence Suffern.
“It’s kind of surprising, I mean nothing really happens around here,” said neighbor Victor Gutierrez. His mother saw an ambulance pull up.
“She saw one person removed, she said she was covered in blood,” Gutierrez told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis.
Englewood police say the suspect took off after the shooting
A short time later there was a carjacking in Hackensack. The victim says she’s thankful to be alive after her normal Tuesday took a turn for the worse.
“I came home from my job driving in my parking lot, and then when I opened the door the guy came with a gun and say ‘give me the key’,” carjacking victim Indira Biras said.
Police say the armed carjacking outside her Park Street home was perpetrated by the shooter from Englewood. Biras says it happened so fast, all she remembers is feeling scared and confused.
At around 9:25 a.m., New Jersey State Troopers spotted the suspect going south on the Garden State Parkway in Elmwood Park. Troopers tailed the suspect, and he ultimately crashed on Central Avenue in East Orange.
The suspect tried running away on foot after the crash but was captured.
For Biras, not resisting was the best move.
“My live is very important,” she said. “More important than the car.”
Police put schools on lockdown for about an hour amid the chaos.
Charges are pending against the suspect, identified as Odari Green, 37, of Hackensack.