Atlantic City police are investigating a recent shooting incident that left a local teenager with significant physical injuries.
The violent shooting occurred shortly after 8:00 p.m. along the 300 block of North Carolina Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The victim, a 17-year-old who reportedly lives in AC, was riding his dirt bike on the street when someone drove past him and fired as many as eight gunshots. The gunshots caused the victim to lose control of his bike and crash on the side of the road.
Several witnesses to the shooting dialed 911 and alerted the Atlantic City Police Department. Additionally, Atlantic City police received a ShotSpotter notification, prompting them to dispatched cops to the scene of the shooting.
When law enforcement arrived in the area, the victim had actually walked one block away from the site where he was shot. The Atlantic City police officers searched the area and quickly found the victim near the intersection of Drexel Avenue and South Carolina Avenue. When police encountered him, the victim was reportedly suffering from a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
Emergency medical responders subsequently transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where doctors treated him for his gunshot-related injuries. The victim was later listed in stable condition and was fully expected to survive his gunshot wounds.
Meanwhile, detectives with the Atlantic City Police Department Violent Crimes Unit investigated the violent incident and found several shell casings on a sidewalk near the site of the shooting. Police officers also spoke with witnesses and area residents, who said that this was the second shooting incident to occur on South Carolina Avenue in the past week.
If police can eventually identify and apprehend the suspect in the most recent shooting, the culprit would probably face very serious criminal charges for aggravated assault, as well as weapons offenses. Depending on the circumstances, it is also possible that the suspect could be charged with attempted murder.
For more information, read the Press of Atlantic City article, “17-Year-Old Boy Shot in Atlantic City.”
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