A Hammonton man was arrested and cash, a gun and drugs were seized after a shots fired call outside an Atlantic City restaurant Saturday morning.

Police were called to Los Compadres before 4 a.m. Video showed a male firing a gun, said Lt. Robert Campbell, who heads the Violent Crime Unit.

The gunfire followed a large fight, he said. No one was struck.

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Jose Rodriguez, 26, was taken into custody after police put out a description and Absecon police made a high-risk stop, Campbell said.

A .22-caliber firearm and shell casings, $1,414 in cash and various controlled dangerous substances were seized from the car, he said. The CDSs included 229 bags of heroin weighing 44.6 grams and 92 pills that tested positive for amphetamine weighing 23 grams.

Rodriguez was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, two counts of possession of a CDS, two counts of possession of CDS with intent to distribute, possession in a school zone and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He was held Saturday at the Atlantic County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Detective Amir Hughes is the lead investigator for the case and was assisted by Detective Sgt. Sean Scanlon, Detectives Tom Holton, Sabina Friel and E.J. Nistico, all of Atlantic City police.

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