PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- A rising high school basketball player was killed and at least three other people were wounded in a drive-by shooting in Paterson. Tragically, there were plans to get the young athlete, Armoni Sexton, out of Paterson's dangerous 4th Ward, according to a report by NJ Advance Media.

Makeshift memorial set up in Paterson for Armoni Sexton at the location of a fatal shooting (CBS New York)

Authorities say the shooting occurred around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Godwin Avenue. They say the victims were standing near a liquor store when a burst of gunfire came from a vehicle that quickly fled the scene.

Killed in the shooting was 15-year-old Sexton, a top scorer and rebounder on the varsity team at the  Paterson Charter School for Science for Science and Technology.

"We were going to send him to a prep school, if not at the end of this year then definitely the end of next year, his sophomore year," coach Tommy Patterson told NJ Advance Media after the shooting.

A motive for the shooting remains under investigation. There have been a spate of shootings in Paterson in recent days, but it's not clear if this incident was related to any of the other shootings.

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