Atlantic City police have arrested a man suspected in a carjacking and string of shootings Saturday night.
Austin Clark, 20, is in custody after five hours and six shooting calls, police said. Two males were wounded by gunfire in two separate shootings, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said. At least one was released. Neither injury was considered life-threatening.
Clark had been wanted in a June 8 incident in which a man was shot inside his car.
No details were immediately available about his arrest early Sunday morning, but police said he was taken into custody and a weapon was recovered.
Officers who were on casino details were called in to work Saturday night as police searched for the suspect and worked multiple crime scenes.
According to the reports, the night began at 5:30 p.m., when police were called to the 1300 block of Caspian Avenue for a shots-fired call. Less than an hour later, a man was loading items into his black Hyundai Veracruz when the suspect pointed a handgun at him and demanded the vehicle. The suspect drove north on New Hampshire Avenue.
Five minutes later, at 6:29 p.m., the city’s audio-detection system ShotSpotter alerted police to shots fired in the 700 block of North Virginia Avenue. The victim was found on the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue with gunshot wounds to his arm and leg. A witness said a black sport utility vehicle pulled into the area and someone fired from the vehicle.
At 7:35 p.m., a black SUV pulled up to a man at Kentucky and Belfield avenues, and shot him, he told police. He was treated for a gunshot wound to his arm and released.
Three minutes later, ShotSpotter indicated several shots fired in the 600 block of Drexel Avenue. A parked car had been struck by gunfire. It also was struck by a black SUV, which then fled the scene, police were told.
The car involved in the carjacking was located on Drexel, and cleared by the city’s SWAT team, Capt. Charles Love said.
Shortly after 10 p.m., ShotSpotter indicated two rounds had been fired in the 700 block of Trinity Avenue, but neither a crime scene nor victim was located.
Officers were then called to the Schoolhouse Apartments at 10:14 p.,m. in reference to a male possibly shot. A blood trail was located, but no victim was found. Police on the scene said there was no evidence that a shooting took place, but a male was believed to have been attacked.
Investigators were seen inside the security area inside Schoolhouse appearing to look at surveillance video there.
About an hour later, a victim showed up at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. He had been pistol whipped, McMenamin said.
The latest information indicates the suspect has been seen with a light-skinned black female wearing a black-and-white shirt with horizontal lines, jeans and carrying a light purse.
Anyone with information about the shootings or suspect is asked to call police at 609-347-5766 or Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234.
Information may also be texted to tip411 (847411) beginning the text with ACPD.
UPDATE June 2016: Clark, now 22, was sentenced April 22, 2016, and is serving a 15-year term at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility. He is eligible for release Nov. 20, 2031.
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