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Teaneck man charged in early-morning crash, shooting incident wasn’t shot, police say

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UPDATE: A Teaneck man hospitalized after a reported shooting and car crash this morning cut himself and wasn’t shot, authorities said tonight in announcing his arrest on weapons charges.

Vijay Persaud, 19, was ordered held on $10,000 bail, Police Chief Robert A. Carney said.

The chain reaction began just before 6 a.m., when several residents reported shots fired in the area of Beaumont Avenue by Church Street, the chief said.

Officers found two vehicles in the driveway of 1245 Beaumont Avenue, next door to St. Paul’s Church, which houses a Montessori day school.

“Several windows of the vehicles had been broken, several spent shell casings were found in the driveway in front of the vehicles, and blood was observed on the vehicles and leading into the residence,” Carney said.

Officers searched the area but found no suspects or victims, the chief said.

A little over 45 minutes later, a car crashed into a pole at the intersection of Summit and East Forest avenues, and the driver took off on foot through backyards, Carney said.

Officers found a handgun on the front seat and blood in the vehicle, he said.

The registered owner lives at 1245 Beaumont, where the first two cars were found, the chief said.

“A perimeter was established and the Bergen County Police responded with a K-9 unit to assist with the search for the driver of the vehicle,” Carney said.

They found Persaud 20 minutes later at the intersection of Circle Driveway and Overlook Avenue, he said.

He was taken into custody and brought to Holy Name Medical Center for treatment.

Detectives from the Major Crime division of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office joined the investigation, while the Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal processed the scene.

Detectives got a search warrant and recovered the gun, a baseball bat and some pot from Persaud’s car, Carney said.

“A search of the residence also revealed a broken window with blood on it,” he said.

“Persaud’s injuries were later determined to be consistent with lacerations from a sharp object and not with the discharge of a firearm,” the chief added.

An investigation was continuing.

Meanwhile, police charged Persaud with a pair of illegal weapons possession counts — for the gun and the bat — along with drug possession for the pot.

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