Three of the suspects in an August shootout on the Atlantic City Expressway were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on 12 charges each, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
Devan Leggette, 21, of Pleasantville; Wilbert Demosthenes, 25, of Pleasantville; and Anthony Hicks, 24, of Mays Landing, were indicted on charges including attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and serious bodily injury, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
Authorities allege Leggette was the driver of a black pickup that exchanged gunfire with a white SUV on Aug. 29 near milepost 11.2 in the eastbound lanes of the expressway.
Four people were injured in the SUV, which was struck by gunfire at least 21 times and drove on a bare rim to a parking lot at the Wawa on the Airport circle in Egg Harbor Township, authorities said.
The pickup left the expressway at Exit 5 in Pleasantville, authorities said.
Demosthenes was shot during the incident and drove himself to Philadelphia for hospital treatment of a gunshot wound, authorities said. He was later arrested and charged in the incident.
Rosemond Octavius, 22, of Egg Harbor Township, was the front-seat passenger in a third vehicle, a car driven by Hicks, the Prosecutor’s Office said. Octavius was killed in the shooting.
Hicks, Leggette and Demosthenes also were indicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault (pointing a firearm), possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun, Tyner said.
Demosthenes and Hicks were each indicted on one count of second-degree certain persons not to possess firearms, Tyner said.
Hicks, Demosthenes and Leggette were each charged with six counts of gang criminality by committing these crimes in furtherance of the criminal street gang identified as the South Side Mob, Tyner said.
On June 21, the Prosecutor’s Office said Yahshaun Stukes-Williams, 19, of Mays Landing; Shaun Stukes, 38, of Atlantic City; and Lenardo Caro, 24, of Little Egg Harbor Township, each were indicted on six charges in connection with the incident.
The charges are unlawful possession of a handgun, conspiracy to unlawfully possess a handgun, unlawful possession of an assault firearm, conspiracy to unlawfully possess an assault firearm, possession of a defaced firearm, and conspiracy with a juvenile to commit a crime, Tyner said.
Stukes-Williams was charged with two counts of gang criminality by committing the above crimes in furtherance of the criminal street gang identified as the Head Shot Gang, Tyner said.