EGG HARBOR CITY — A man suspected of killing one person and seriously injuring another in a late-night shooting Monday has been arrested in Philadelphia, authorities said.
Arrest warrants were signed late Tuesday afternoon against Rafael Olmo, 26, of Hamilton Township, for shooting two men in the Harbor City Apartments on Atlantic Avenue, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.
Relatives said the victims — Sandy Thomas, 30, of Galloway Township, and Shawn Travis, 24, of Egg Harbor City — were cousins and were at a party in the apartment complex when shots were fired shortly after 11 p.m.
Thomas was later pronounced dead at an area hospital, and Travis was still listed in critical condition at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, as of Wednesday.
The cause of Thomas' death is still pending further investigation, First Assistant Prosecutor Murray Talasnik said.
Philadelphia police officers initially located Olmo on Tuesday in the 1300 Block of Ridge Avenue, the Prosecutor's Office said.
Tanya Little, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department, said Olmo was listed as a shooting victim on the arrest report and that he was arrested without incident.
Talasnik said the details about when and how Olmo was injured were still under investigation.
Authorities said Olmo provided a false name at the time of his arrest, but the Philadelphia Police Department eventually determined his identity and connected him to the warrants. Atlantic County authorities were notified Tuesday night.
Olmo faces extradition to New Jersey on two charges of aggravated assault and weapons offenses, Talasnik said.
According to the Department of Corrections Web site, Olmo served nearly four months in prison for drug possession in 2006. Prior to that, he was also arrested by the Egg Harbor City police on charges of armed robbery and possession of cocaine and heroin with the intent to distribute
Richard Collier, a cousin of Thomas and Travis, said Thomas' mother, Darlene Travis, was "relieved" when she was informed of Olmo's arrest Wednesday morning.
"We're more than happy," Collier said. "The only thing is, we don't think he was the only person still out there. It had to be more than just one shooter."
Collier said friends and relatives in the area of the shooting described it as sounding like "a shootout at the OK Corral."
Madelaine Vitale, a spokeswoman for the Prosecutor's Office, said the office could not comment on whether authorities are still searching for any other suspects in the shooting.
Anyone with information involving the crime is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor's Office Web site at www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page.
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