MULLICA TOWNSHIP - Residents stopped by the one-story home with the pink door on Woodland Avenue on Monday afternoon, anxious to learn more about the township's first homicide in 13 years.
Authorities say John Kingsbury, 77, was found dead at 3 p.m. Sunday in his home on the 2100 block of Woodland Avenue. Kingsbury was shot twice, and was pronounced dead at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus in Galloway Township.
Authorities have ruled the death a homicide, but have released no further information. No arrests have been made.
Police left the scene midafternoon Monday after a K-9 unit searched the property and neighboring locations. Mullica police Detective Jake O'Hara referred questions to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, but said it was the first murder in the township since 1999.
People frequently drove by the house. Mullica resident Dustin Hay said he had heard talk of the homicide and decided to stop by the home.
"All around town people just want to know what's going on," he said. "We're all surprised and want to know what happened."
Hay said the family moved into the house a few years ago.
"They were good people. They didn't have problems with anybody," he said. "There's no reason this should happen."
Howard Abbott, who lives across the street from the house, said the victim had been living in an RV in California but had health problems and moved in with his family here about 10 weeks ago. John Kingsbury's son Glenn - the owner of a local cheerleading competition organization Cheer Tech - is the home's owner.
Attempts to reach Glenn Kingsbury were unsuccessful.
Neighbor Debbie Daub has lived on the block since 1979, and said it was the last place she would expect a violent crime.
"I was shocked. It's very quiet here. I never expected anything like that to go on," she said. "To have that happen here is very scary."
But Abbott said he believed it was an isolated incident.
"I'm not worried someone is going to break into my house and shoot me," he said.
Residents noticed the commotion at the home Sunday afternoon after John Kingsbury's body was found.
Eric Tharp, who lives a block away, said when he saw all the vehicles there Sunday he first thought there must be a Super Bowl party.
"This is a real small town, it's quiet," he said, adding children often walk through the neighborhood that is full of wooded areas and large farms.
Mullica resident Crystal Domenico said the incident has raised a lot of questions among the community.
"This is hick town out here. We all know each other," she said. "No one seemed to know this man. That's why it was so weird."
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