HAMILTON TOWNSHIP —- A homicide on Winterbury Drive in the Village at Hardings Run 2 shook a normally quiet community and left neighbors wondering if the area is still safe to live in.
On Thursday morning, police were called to the community after several gunshots that left a man dead on the curb on the 4900 block of Winterbury Drive.
A neighbor who lives on the block and who asked not to be identified said she heard the gunshots and thought it was a delivery truck dropping things into the street. When she went to the front door, she saw the man lying on the curb and called 9-1-1.
“I don’t think I want to live here anymore after what happened today,” the neighbor said. “I think it was about five gunshots total.”
Another neighbor, who also asked not to be identified, said she heard the gunshots but thought it was an appliance malfunctioning in her home.
“I thought my heater was going to explode,” the neighbor said. “I never thought it was actually gunshots because I had no idea gunshots were loud enough for me to think it was something happening inside my house.”
The neighbor said police arrived shortly after and covered the body with a sheet. After the body was taken away, the Fire Department cleaned up the scene.
“The water running down the road had a red hue to it,” the neighbor said, holding back tears.
Both neighbors asked not to be identified because they did not know if the person responsible for the killing had been arrested.
With neighbors speculating and rumors about how many gunshots were fired leading to the homicide, Winterbury Drive resident Christine Baglivo said, “I don’t feel safe here.”
By press time Thursday night, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office did not have an update on the investigation.
As a result of the incident, the Hamilton Township School District put the nearby William Davies Middle School into what is called a “lock out, look out.”
Superintendent Frank Vogel said it was not a full-on lockdown situation, but that people were not being allowed into or out of the school.
“We basically make a barrier between the outside world and us until it’s lifted,” he said.
Vogel added the “lock out, look out” was done “out of an abundance of caution.” He said there was no immediate threat to the school that he was aware of.
Management at Hardings Run said they had no comment on the shooting.