ATLANTIC CITY — A 20-year-old male city resident was arrested Wednesday after robbing, assaulting and shooting at another male, according to police.
Matthew Sturdivant, 20, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, police said.
Sturdivant was sent to the Atlantic County Jail, police said.
At 2:09 p.m., police officers responded to the 400 block of New Jersey Avenue between Wabash and Caspian avenues for a ShotSpotter alert and a report of a person shot, police said.
Detectives Howard Mason and Jaimee Moore arrived on the scene and located the victim, a 40-year-old city man. The victim had been pistol-whipped by the suspect, Sturdivant, police said.
The victim and Sturdivant engaged in an argument in the street when Sturdivant pulled out a handgun, started to strike the victim in the head and stole his money, police said. The victim, who was not shot, was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Division, with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers went to Sturdivant's residence on the same block and spoke with a family member, who refused officer's access to the residence. It was believed that Sturdivant was inside, police said.
The department's SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Teams were requested to the scene. Contact was made with Sturdivant's family member, and she agreed that she and Sturdivant would exit the residence and surrender to police, police said.
Shortly after 3 p.m., they both exited the residence, and Sturdivant was taken into custody without further incident, police said.
Officers located a handgun believed to be used in the incident in the rear of Sturdivant's residence, police said.
By 4 p.m., police had reopened the street to through traffic. Police put up the yellow and black caution tape in front of a bullet-ridden house, but not at the home where the suspect surrendered.
The house that was hit by gunfire was one block from the Edith Donaldson Playground, and children coming home from school were greeted by police blocking off New Jersey Avenue at its intersections with Caspian and Wabash avenues.