MILLVILLE — Three people were seriously injured during an early morning shooting Wednesday in a neighborhood that authorities said is no stranger to gunfire.
There have been several shooting incidents near where two Vineland men and a Bridgeton woman were struck at about 2:30 a.m. by bullets in the 500 block of North Third Street, police Lt. Ed Zadroga said.
The most recent incident occurred several weeks ago when one or more people shot up a vehicle a few blocks away in the 300 block of Vine Street, he said. Authorities reported no injuries in that incident.
The area — part of the economically depressed center city neighborhood — is already heavily patrolled, Zadroga said.
The city has seen a series of shootings in the past few years. Three people died of gunfire within a year here, with the last fatal shooting occurring May 4.
On Wednesday, authorities said they went to the 500 block of North Third Street after getting reports of multiple gunshots.
Zadroga said police and emergency medical staff found the two men, ages 24 and 25, and the 26-year-old woman unresponsive. The two men had been shot multiple times, he said, while the woman, who was lying on a sidewalk, had a head wound.
Authorities are not identifying the victims, pending notification of their families.
Zadroga said the woman and one of the men were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The other man was transported to South Jersey HealthCare Regional Medical Center in Vineland, he said. All three victims were last reported to be in serious condition, he said.
Authorities as yet have no suspect or suspects in the shooting, he said.
Authorities have little information about what happened, Zadroga said. Authorities cannot talk to the victims until they are well enough to be interviewed, he said.
Police believe that at least one of the men is related to the people living in the house outside of which the shooting occurred, he said. Zadroga would not identify the house.
A woman living in a house where neighbors said the incident occurred would not comment Wednesday. The woman would not identify herself, and spoke only through a closed door, at one point shouting, “Everyone is all right.”
People living in the 500 block of North Third, a stretch of street with the Unity Fellowship Church at one end and the In His Name Worship Center at the other, would not comment about what they saw or heard Wednesday.
While Wednesday’s shooting did not result in any deaths, that was not the case for some other incidents here.
On May 4, Jeffrey Wayne Moss, 31, whose last known address was on Pear Street in Vineland, was found dead in the 500 block of Vine Street at about 1:45 a.m. by city police responding to reports of gunfire. Antwine J. Rivera, whose last known address was on Duchess Place here, surrendered to authorities May 7.
Moss’ shooting occurred a few months after city police started a special shift to help curb crime in troubled neighborhoods.
Tyler Bassett, 17, of Bridgeton, died April 9, 2011, after being shot the previous evening in the 700 block of Buck Street. Authorities have made no arrests in that case.
And in February, authorities arrested 23-year-old local resident Jayson A. Vasquez in the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Michael Valero. Valero, of Buena, Atlantic County, was shot Jan. 31 while sitting in a car at Delsea Garden Apartments on South Second Street.
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