The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is currently investigating a shooting incident that occurred at the CareOne Wellington facility on Saturday morning. Authorities responded to a 911 call from the nursing home just before 9 a.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered the lifeless bodies of 73-year-old Patricia Zaccario and 76-year-old Michael Zaccario with apparent gunshot wounds. Both of the victims of the shooting were residents of Wood-Ridge,
The Hackensack Police Department is collaborating with the Prosecutor’s Office in the investigation, which is believed to be a domestic incident. No individuals of interest are being actively sought at this time.
Law enforcement officials cordoned off a section of Union Street with crime tape as they commenced their investigation. While details were limited, reports began to circulate suggesting that the incident was a murder-suicide. Notably, none of the facility’s staff members reported hearing gunshots, and it was only when an employee entered Patricia Zaccario’s room that the bodies were discovered. Some workers were instructed not to come to the facility on Saturday morning.
By the afternoon, law enforcement had cleared the area, and the CareOne at Wellington facility resumed normal operations. In response to the tragic event, CareOne issued a statement expressing deep sadness and extending condolences to the victims’ family and loved ones. The statement also emphasized that the organization would provide support to its staff and residents during this difficult time. CareOne is fully cooperating with local authorities and intends to respect the ongoing investigation and the privacy of those affected.
As of now, no further information has been released by the authorities or officials involved in the case. The investigation is still ongoing, and additional updates will be provided by the police as more discoveries are made about the incident.