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BRIDGETON — A 22-year-old Millville man was charged by city police Saturday in the September murder of a Bridgeton man and wounding him in a previous shooting, police said.

Tashimer Gillam, of E Street, is charged with fatally shooting Davonte Burrus, 22, while Burrus was sitting in a vehicle in the center parking lot of the Maple Gardens apartment complex off of South East Avenue, according to a post on the city Police Department’s Facebook page.

Gilliam is also charged with possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon, according to the post. He is being held at Cumberland County jail on unrelated charges and remains there without bail, police said.

Officers responded to the complex shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 26, where they found Burrus suffering from several gunshot wounds, in the center lot, police said. Burrus was treated at the scene and taken to Inspira Hospital in Vineland, where he died of his injuries a short time later.

In addition, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office authorized charges against Gillam for wounding Burrus during a shooting on Sept. 4 at the complex, police said, an incident that was not immediately and accurately reported to police at the time.

Burrus suffered a gunshot wound to his leg in that incident and had recently been released from the hospital days before he was fatally shot, according to police.

“Detectives from this department and the prosecutor’s office have been working jointly and diligently on this the case for the past month resulting in the charges,” Chief Michael Gaimari Sr. said “They should be commended for their exhaustive efforts as should those that provided key information during the investigation. Any information received is crucial in these types of investigation.”

The investigation in continuing, and Gaimari would not indicate whether any weapon had been recovered, according to the post, but said that forensic evidence gathered at the scene “played a key role.”

Contact: 609-272-7241 Mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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