Two men sought in shootings of two cousins, grazing of neighbor, in Pleasantville - Breaking News

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Two men sought in shootings of two cousins, grazing of neighbor, in Pleasantville

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Posted: Monday, May 28, 2012 10:30 pm | Updated: 7:45 pm, Tue May 29, 2012.

A late Memorial Day shooting wounded three people at the Noah's Landing apartment complex in Pleasantville.

Robert Williams, 36, was shot in the abdomen, and Ida Rodriguez, 25, of Hammonton, was shot in the arm shortly before 10:15 p.m. Monday.

The cousins were at a family party in Noah's Landing, where Williams and other relatives live. At first, other family members thought the gunfire was firecrackers.

But when they looked outside, they saw Rodriguez -- who is pregnant -- on the ground and two men fleeing in a green SUV, Pleasantville Detective Sgt. James Williams said.

Robert Williams ran away from the shooters, heading through the back of the complex to the Burger King restaurant on Route 40. He collapsed in the parking lot, where paramedics later tended to him.

Residents of the complex believe the shooters live in Atlantic City and were headed there.

Police, meanwhile, recovered 30 shell casings at the scene, but no weapon, in Pleasantville’s third shooting in three days. No one was hit during the other incidents.

A few of the bullets went through the wall of the Begnero family's apartment, one grazing Elvis Begnero in the left knee.

The 34-year-old described the grazing as little more than "a burn," but took seriously the risk facing his family made apparent Monday night. Begnero, a maintenance worker, and his wife, Milvia, a 30-year-old housekeeper at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, said they will start looking for a new place today.

"That could've been my daughter hit," said Milvia Begnero of 4-year-old Yuralvis, who stared wide-eyed at the commotion from beneath the pink hood of her sweatshirt.

Williams was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, and within an hour, doctors had removed the bullet from his stomach and stabilized him.

Rodriguez remained at ARMC's Mainland Campus in Galloway Township for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Officers from Pleasantville and Egg Harbor Township responded, along with Pleasantville Fire & Rescue.

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