A young man was shot and killed Saturday on Main Street in the Port Norris section of Commercial Township, Mayor Judson Moore Jr. said.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Gregory Williams said the investigation remained active at 8 p.m. Saturday and would not disclose any details, including the victim’s name, condition or whether the person was even alive or dead.
Moore, reached by phone, said he was going to the township building Saturday afternoon when he was told about the shooting near Byron and Main streets.
Moore went there and found a man in his 20s, bloody, gasping for air. He said he stayed and helped emergency responders, adding, “It was a very bad scene.”
A helicopter was called out, then canceled, Moore said, as the victim’s worsening condition became apparent.
Moore said State Police troopers told him the shooter had left the township.
“These things do not happen in our township,” Moore said, emphasizing he believed it was an isolated incident.
The South Jersey Times reported that a person who lives near the incident heard a “ruckus” from inside his house. When he got outside, he saw two women on the ground fighting with each other. Two men then arrived and began fighting. After a shot, one man got into a vehicle and drove away.
The shooting followed a Friday night incident in Commercial Township in which an 85-year-old man was assaulted in his home.
The man, whose identity has not been released, was stabbed multiple times and his vehicle was stolen, State Police said. He was transported to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden, where police said he was in critical but stable condition. Police did not say the two incidents were related.
Staff Writer Wallace McKelvey contributed to this report.
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