A man was shot to death in Atlantic City Sunday, the city’s 12th homicide this year. A relative says he was holding a baby at the time.
Police were called to the 500 block of North South Carolina Avenue about 4 p.m. and found Sedrick Lindo fatally shot in the area of Carver Hall Apartments.
Lindo, 25, was sitting on a porch and holding a baby when he was shot, said Cheryl Bailey, who identified herself as the victim’s aunt. She said Lindo lived in the neighborhood.
“He was sitting on the porch talking,” she said. “He had a baby in his lap, and someone shot him.”
The baby, whose identity Bailey did not know, was taken to a hospital, Bailey said.
Haleigh Walz, spokeswoman for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, said investigators have been unable to confirm reports of a baby at the scene.
As of Sunday night, no arrests have been made. Next of kin have been notified, Walz said.
The city is on pace to have one of its most deadly years in recent memory. Eight of the 12 people who have been killed this year were shot.
Twelve people were killed in the city in 2010, and also in 2009. Last year, 14 people were homicide victims — nine by July 29. Nine people were shot to death that year.
Dozens of neighbors and relatives gathered along the street in front of the apartment building as police officers processed the scene. A gray stroller sat on the curb behind yellow crime scene tape. The Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit was on the scene and is investigating, the Prosecutor’s Office confirmed.
Tameika Boo, 23, who lives in the Venice Park section of the city, said she’s concerned about the violence, particularly around children.
“It’s like that all over,” said Boo, who has three children. “It’s worrying, but there’s nothing I can do but try to keep them safe.”
Public Safety Director Willie Glass was on the scene after receiving a call about 4 p.m. and coming to the area, which has had a lot of gun violence.
Additional police manpower has been assigned to Carver Hall, along with other problem areas in the city, such as Stanley Holmes Village and Back Maryland.
“This is exactly why we’re working so hard to put more officers in this area,” Glass said. “These are the things we’re trying to prevent. We work at it every day.”
Lindo was at one of the homicide scenes as a curious bystander last year, when Tajajuan Russell, 25, was shot and killed July 23, 2011, on Lexington Avenue.
He said at the time that he knew Russell was from Adams Court but didn’t know who would kill him. At that time, Lindo had just been released from the hospital after he had been shot in the face in Stanley Holmes Village 10 days earlier. His jaw was still wired shut and a scar from the bullet was visible.
Lindo was arrested on warrants in September after a shooting incident. He was not charged in that shooting but was imprisoned in the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility on an obstruction charge. He was released Dec. 2 after serving less than three months, according to the state Department of Corrections website.
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Anyone with information about Sunday's shooting is asked to call Major Crimes at 609-909-7666 or Atlantic City police at 609-347-5766. Information may also be called in anonymously to Crimes Stoppers at 609-652-1234.