A Pleasantville man has been charged with weapons offenses after he allegedly fired a gun into an Egg Harbor Township hotel room Sunday morning, following a homicide there.
Kaneil Harris, 21, was found dead of a single gunshot wound at about 11 a.m. Sunday in a hallway of the Howard Johnson Inn on the Black Horse Pike in the township’s West Atlantic City section.
George Neewilly, who turned 23 Monday, is not charged with the killing, but detectives investigating the homicide found that he fired a gun into nearby Room 126, which was occupied at the time. It was not clear whether he believed the killer was in that room.
Neewilly was one of five people taken in for questioning Sunday, after a car description led police to two residences in Pleasantville. He is charged with unlawful possession of a handgun and aggravated assault with a firearm. It was not clear if anyone else would be charged, or if Neewilly faces additional charges.
Neewilly was just released from prison in June, according to state Department of Corrections records. DOC and court records show he has served time for offensive touching and drug charges.
Neewilly’s criminal history dates to 1994, when he was just 14, according to Press of Atlantic City archives. He and two others robbed someone in Pleasantville with what appeared to be a handgun, and he was given 18 months of Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation.
In late 2008, he was sentenced to four years at the Training School for Boys in the robbing of a person in Pleasantville using a board.
The killing of Harris — who would have turned 22 Saturday — was the township’s second homicide in a little more than a month. Curtis Watson, 20, of Pleasantville, was fatally shot inside a Courtesy Inn motel room Oct. 8. Randal Scott has been charged with that crime.
Scott is a co-defendant in a separate case with Donald Capriotti, who remains hospitalized after he was shot during a manhunt Thursday in the township’s West Atlantic City section. Capriotti, who police had been warned about in a flier distributed only among law enforcement, fled a car stop and was believed to be armed when police began chasing him. He and township K-9 dog named Shooter were wounded by gunfire. The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident, and has not yet said how either was shot.
Neewilly is in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $150,000 full cash bail.
Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666. Information may also be called in anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234.
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