Camden County Authorities Trying to Identify Suspects in Recent Homicides
A Camden New Jersey man was shot and killed on a city street, marking the second homicide to occur in Camden within a 24-hour period. Now Camden County law enforcement is conducting an investigation and searching for the killer.
The homicide occurred a short time after 8:30 p.m. According to authorities, the victim was walking along the 700 block of Berkley Street when someone approached him and fired several gunshots in his direction.
The Camden County Police Department received notice of a ShotSpotter activation in the area. Additionally, multiple people dialed 911 to report that someone had been shot. Camden County cops were dispatched to the scene, where they found the victim lying on the pavement and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Emergency medical crews rushed the victim to nearby Cooper University Hospital, but doctors were unable to save his life. The victim was pronounced dead approximately one hour after being shot. At the time of his death, the victim was just 18 years of age. He lived in Camden NJ and was reportedly set to get married next June.
This was actually the second fatal shooting within 24 hours in Camden, New Jersey. Earlier that day, around 2:30 a.m., a 34-year-old man was shot and killed in the courtyard of the Chestnut Court Apartments on Chestnut Street. It is not believed by law enforcement that the shootings are connected.
Detectives with the Camden County Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office are looking into both shootings, the 36th and 37th homicides in Camden so far this year. At this time, investigators have not yet been able to determine the identity of either shooter.
If and when police identify and capture a suspect, that person would probably face criminal charges for first degree murder. A conviction on first degree murder charges could lead to severe penalties, ranging from 30 years behind to bars to life imprisonment. That’s because the New Jersey Criminal Code classifies murder as the most serious criminal offense.
For additional information, see the NJ.com article, “Camden Man, 18, Is City’s 2nd Homicide Victim in 24 Hours.”
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