HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — A shooting Wednesday night claimed the life of an Atlantic County man at the Woodlands Condominium Complex, located behind the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.
Five days ago, a 21-year-old Atlantic City man was killed and his brother was injured in a shooting in the parking lot at the mall, outside Macy’s.
The man who died Wednesday night was not identified by police. The shooting happened on Ivy Bush Court off Woodlands Drive.
“This is not a Woodlands incident. This is a turf war moving into Atlantic County, from what I understand from authorities in the county,” Robert Greaney, president of the condominium association board told The Press of Atlantic City at the scene Wednesday night. “This is an inherently safe community.”
Jay McKeen, a spokesman for acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton, declined to comment about the resident’s “turf war” statement.
Residents told The Press they heard gunshots at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday. Police said they got the call and responded at 6:33 p.m.
The man was pronounced dead at 6:51 p.m. at the scene by AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Dr. John Erban, according to a statement issued by McKeen.
Several friends and relatives of the man who died were at the scene.
Police and the Prosecutor’s Office were investigating it as an active homicide.
Demond Cottman was shot and killed in the mall parking lot early Friday morning. His brother, Shadi Cottman, 26, of Clayton, Gloucester County, was wounded in the leg, police said.
No arrests have been made in the Cottman killing, and police have not released information about a motive.
Scott Williams, a resident of Ivy Bush Court, said he was inside when he heard loud bangs about 6:20 p.m. “I didn’t think much of it,” he said.
“I went to take my trash out about 15 minutes later, and I saw the first cop come through. I went back inside to get my dog and that’s when I saw the rest of them,” Williams said at the scene.”
Williams, who has lived in the complex about three months, said he saw the man’s body under a sheet near Building 49.
“Apparently this is the first thing in awhile that’s happened back here.”
The condo association works closely with township police and even hired its own private security firm.
“Things like this are important,” Greaney said. “The residents need to know they are safe here.”
Anyone with information about this incident can call the prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666. Witnesses also may contact police at 609-625-2700.