SOMERS POINT — Multiple police departments and agencies were on the scene Friday afternoon of a reported shooting at the Somers Point Apartments.

A single shot was fired at about 3 p.m. at an apartment, witnesses said.

Naguib Zidan lives next to the apartment and said he heard two men fighting outside the building. After grappling, Zidan said, one man went into the apartment, while another shot out a sliding-glass door at the rear of the apartment.

“It sounded like a firework. But the glass was louder than the gunshot,” Zidan said.

Zidan said two children and an elderly woman were in the apartment, and he brought them to a neighbor’s apartment.

Police arrived shortly afterward.

“It is very much an active investigation,” Somers Point Police Chief Michael Boyd said.

Several police departments were on the scene, including Somers Point, Ocean City, Linwood, Egg Harbor Township, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office the Atlantic City police Bomb Squad.

Residents of the building block were evacuated. Residents of the whole complex were not allowed to leave between at least 3:30 and 6 p.m. The Somers Point Apartments complex has multiple buildings with about 250 apartments.

Residents thought the suspect might have barricaded himself in an apartment.

Families and working residents expressed feeling inconvenienced as the hourslong possible standoff entered the evening hours.

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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