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ATLANTIC CITY — A Ventnor man was arrested Sunday after police said he fired a gun into the air during a 20-person brawl in the city’s Ducktown neighborhood.

At 3:14 a.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Fairmount Avenue for a report of a large fight and shots fired, police said in a news release. Officers cleared the area and were told a man had fired a gun into the air.

Officers found evidence of gunfire and began searching for a suspect with help from witnesses, finding Jesus Silva at Florida and Fairmount avenues, police said. Silva didn’t have a handgun when he was arrested, but Officer Fitzroy Simpson found a gun inside a trashcan on Turnpike Road while searching the area.

Silva, 24, was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was housed in the Atlantic County jail.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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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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