Christon Hargrove, who was fatally shot last July 8, was often seen in the city with his two young children and had been attending the Boys and Girls Club's Workforce Investment Act program. He had been out of the program less than two weeks when he was killed.

An Atlantic City man was arrested Tuesday in the killing of a young father of two last year.

Razzaq Shannon, 21, was taken into custody during a high-risk motor vehicle stop by the Atlantic City Police Department's Tactical Team.

A murder warrant was issued for Shannon Jan. 15, in the killing of Christon Hargrove, 21.

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Hargrove, known as C.J., was found shot twice in the head at about 10:30 p.m. July 8, on the 800 block of Virginia Avenue.

Shannon was tracked to a car in which he was a passenger Tuesday afternoon, and a high-risk stop of the vehicle was made at about 1:15 p.m. near New Hampshire and Adriatic avenues, acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said.

The Atlantic County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals Service assisted in the arrest.

Shannon, who was on probation on a prior drug conviction, is also charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Court records show he also had a 2011 indictment on weapons offenses, but that was dismissed.

Hargrove, who was often seen in the city with his two young children, had been attending the Boys and Girls Club's Workforce Investment Act program. He was out of the job-training program less than two weeks when he was killed.

On his 16th birthday, Hargrove lost his older brother to gun violence. Derrick Hargrove, 18, was fatally shot by his 16-year-old girlfriend during a fight early Dec. 26, 2006.

Cindy Bennett was freed in March 2011 after serving nearly three years and eight months of her five-year sentence. Both families had argued against prison time.

This is the second arrest in an Atlantic City homicide in two days. On Monday, Malik and Mykal Derry were arrested at the Motor Vehicle Commission's Egg Harbor Township office in the killing of Tyquinn James, who was fatally shot Sunday night.

Shannon is being held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $1 million bail. His first court appearance on the charges is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday before Superior Court Judge Michael Donio.

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