ATLANTIC CITY — A Hamilton Township man is in critical condition after his friend accidentally shot him in a casino parking garage, police said.

At 11:20 p.m., police were notified that a man with a gunshot wound had arrived at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Mainland Campus, in Galloway Township.

Kevin Neeld, 19, told police he had been shot in Atlantic City.

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He was transferred to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in critical condition.

Police later arrested Joseph Crouch, 20, of Alton, Illinois.

Police said Crouch, Neeld and a third person were in a car on the top floor at Tropicana Atlantic City. At some point, Crouch pulled out a handgun and accidentally fired it, hitting Neeld, police said.

As they drove Neeld to the hospital in Galloway, Crouch threw the gun from the car, police said.

It was later found by Tropicana security.

The Violent Crimes Unit was assisted in the investigation by the Galloway Township Police Department and Tropicana security.

Crouch was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and was sent to Atlantic County jail.

Anyone with information about this incident can call the Violent Crimes Unit at 609-347-5788.

Information can be texted to tip411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD. All texts are anonymous.

Contact: 609-272-7090 SHughes@pressofac.com Twitter ACPress_hughes

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