MILLVILLE — Authorities are continuing to investigate a Tuesday night shooting that has now claimed the lives of two people.
Officials are not commenting on whether they have one or more suspects in connection with the gunfire in the 700 block of Buck Street that killed local resident Delshawn Harris and Pablo Caban, for whom authorities did not release a hometown.
However, law-enforcement officials are “actively following up witness information,” said Lt. Jody Farabella, of the Millville Police Department. They also are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact authorities, he said.
The two deaths increased the number of slayings in Cumberland County this year to eight. That is four more than occurred in the county all of last year, and one more than the number of people killed in 2012. Cumberland County had 10 slayings in both 2010 and 2011.
There has been at least one homicide in the county every month this year.
On Wednesday, authorities announced that had charged a man with conspiracy to commit murder in an April incident in Vineland that left one person dead after a series of three related shootings
Tuesday’s shootings in Millville are under investigation by Millville police and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae declined comment, referring requests for comment to the Police Department.
Farabella on Wednesday said Harris and Caban, both 20 years old, as having died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Harris died at the scene, Farabella said. Caban died later at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, he said.
Authorities said they started getting reports of gunshots about 7 p.m.
Police arrived on the scene to discover the incident began as an altercation in the 700 block of Buck Street, which is located between Powell and Green streets. The altercation continued between two duplexes, which local officials refer to as half-doubles.
Authorities are not saying how many shots were fired or what prompted the incident. Residents living in the area told The Press of Atlantic City they saw and heard nothing.
Farabella confirmed that authorities arrested a woman on obstruction charges Tuesday night. The woman was charged for interfering with police as they investigated the shooting, he said. The woman has not yet been identified by authorities.
Tuesday’s shooting occurred in the city’s Third Ward, which authorities said is a particularly troublesome neighborhood.
The Police Department in July began a new patrol system that city officials said should better protect residents from crime. The Third Ward was one of the neighborhoods apparently targeted for increased patrols under that system.
Mayor Michael Santiago, who oversees the city’s Department of Public Safety, could not be reached for comment Wednesday regarding the shooting.
Also on Wednesday, a man who has been incarcerated on weapons charges following a fatal shooting incident in Vineland has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Aleshio Jones, 22, has been in Cumberland County jail since April 19 on weapons charges and tampering with evidence for three related shooting incidents several days before, police said.
Three shooting incidents were reported on April 13 and 14, one of which resulted in the death of Jonathan Candelario, 21.
The incident is still under investigation but it is believed the shooting incidents are related and additional arrests are expected, police said.
Anyone with information about Tuesday night’s shooting is asked to call Detective Jeremy Miller at 856-825-7010, ext. 7261, or Crime Stoppers at 856-825-2182.
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