The man shot and killed at the Woodlands Condominium Complex in Hamilton Township was identified Thursday as 21-year-old former Cedar Creek High School student Marcus Campbell.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office confirmed Campbell's identity Friday in a news release. According to an autopsy performed Thursday, the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

Family members at the Campbell home at the Philadelphia Village Apartment Complex on Cincinnati Avenue in Egg Harbor City declined to comment on the Wednesday night shooting, but several of Campbell's friends changed their Facebook profile pictures to one of Campbell with a pair of cropped angel wings on his back. 

Neighbors Thursday described Campbell as a good person who did not stir up trouble around the apartment complex in Egg Harbor City.

The man was pronounced dead at the shooting scene on Ivy Bush Court in the Mays Landing complex, according to a statement by Jay McKeen, a spokesman for acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton. No arrests have been made as of Friday.

In Hamilton Township, fear gripped residents at the apartment complex, located across from the Hamilton Mall, the morning after the fatal shooting at the Woodlands.

It occurred five days after a 21-year-old Atlantic City man was killed and his brother was injured in a shooting in the parking lot of the Hamilton Mall. Demond Cottman died, and Shadi Cottman, 26, was shot in the leg. No arrests have been made in the homicide, and police have declined comment on it.

Mall management said it is a safe place to shop. 

"A top priority of Hamilton Mall management is maintaining a safe environment for its shoppers," Hamilton Mall management wrote in a  statement. "Mall management has always worked closely with local law enforcement to ensure we are working in harmony with them to provide a safe shopping environment."

Police responded to gunshots at 6:33 p.m. Wednesday on Ivy Bush Court in Mays Landing, according to the Prosecutor's Office statement. 

"My knees are still shaking," said a woman who said she lives next to the area where the man was found dead at the Woodlands.

She didn't want to give her name but said she heard about six shots and called the police.

"It gives me chills," another woman nearby added, saying she was sleeping at the time of the incident.

Woodlands Condominium Association's president Wednesday night said that authorities told him the killing was part of a "turf war" moving into Atlantic County.

McKeen declined to comment on the "turf war" statement.

Campbell was arrested in July on charges of possession of heroin and marijuana with intent to distribute after detectives stopped a vehicle on Buffalo Avenue in Egg Harbor City in which he was a passenger. Two others in the vehicle were also charged. The county Prosecutor's Office said at the time they seized 225 wax-paper folds of heroin, more than 1 ounce of marijuana and more than $2,500 in cash.

The disposition of the case was not immediately available.

There was no blood on the ground Thursday morning at the Woodlands, and the only sign of the violence the night before was crumpled crime-scene tape in a trashcan nearby.

On Thursday, there were no police officers or parked police vehicles in the Woodlands neighborhood, as there had been Wednesday night. Few neighbors walked the streets near where the man was shot and killed near building 49.

Sarah Webster, 23, lives across the street from where the shooting happened on Ivy Bush Court. She said she wasn't home at the time and heard about it later from her boyfriend.

"It's a nice neighborhood. It's not like that," she said. "It's a really nice place. I haven't had any bad experiences here."

Webster said she has never seen an incident like this one close to home. The incident surprises her. She has lived at the Woodlands since September.

"I don't really feel unsafe here. I feel really sad," she said.

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