Staked out in an unmarked cruiser on Reed Street in Jersey City, police Lt. Michael Kelly and Detective Marc Lavelle waited patiently for two people last seen in a red Ford Focus, the suspected getaway car in a near-fatal shooting last month.
The investigators knew from residents that someone moved the car every morning, abiding by alternate-side parking rules. At 5:15 a.m. today, two robed figures approached in the pre-dawn murk, hoods obscuring their heads. They climbed into the Focus, dutifully parking across the street. When the pair climbed back out, Kelly and Lavelle, backed by additional officers, made their move.
"Hold, police," Lavelle shouted.
Hassan Shakur, the taller of the two figures, had a rap sheet that included busts for resisting arrest and weapons possession. On this day, he carried a stolen shotgun tucked under his right arm. At the sound of the officer's voice, he wheeled around and used it.