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CPD investigating Boykin Park shooting incident

Posted: October 12, 2017 5:01 p.m.
Updated: October 13, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Camden police are investigating a shooting incident that took place near Boykin Park on Sunday.

According to a CPD report, officers began receiving calls of shots fired around 7 p.m. Sunday. Four officers responded as dispatchers advised them two possible subjects were running down Campbell Street.

Dispatchers described the pair as African-American males, one wearing a red shirt and the other a yellow shirt. Dispatchers also said a dark gray sedan had just left the area and the subjects running down the street were trading gunshots with whoever was in the car. Officers searched the area but found neither subjects nor vehicle; they then proceeded to speak to witnesses.

Someone on Pine Street said they heard eight gunshots coming from the direction of the park.

Someone on Hampton Street said they were in their home when a bullet came through a window; they found a slug near where it entered.

At a Chesnut Street residence, a witness said a black Toyota Camry might have been involved in the incident. This witness said they did not know the car’s occupants, but described them as an African-American man with dread-style hair wearing black shorts and no shirt; and a very light-skinned woman wearing red. The witness also said they saw two young African-American males at the intersection of Campbell and Chesnut streets exchanging gunfire with the people in the car. One of them was wearing jeans and a red shirt; the other, jeans and a red shirt, and they ran down Campbell Street while the car left west on Chesnut Street toward Gordon Street.

An officer went to where the witness said the car had been parked. The person who answered the door said a Camry is sometimes parked there but was not at the time. They also said they had just gotten home and didn’t know anything about a shooting.

Officers then searched the area around Boykin Park for evidence, finding 10 spent 9mm shell casings and a live round at the intersection of Campbell and Chesnut streets. 

After collecting the evidence, an officer noticed a black Toyota Camry parked in the driveway of the residence where they had gone after speaking to the Chesnut Street witness, which the officer said was near where the shell casings were found. When the officers approached, they saw several people on the front porch and asked to whom the car belonged.

A 28-year-old Jefferson woman, reportedly wearing a red top, claimed ownership of the car. The officer reported a male subject with dreads-style hair wearing black shorts and no shirt was sitting next to the woman. The woman claimed she was in her car when she heard the gunshots and quickly pulled back into the residence. She said when the shooting stopped, she left to go to Cheap Way by traveling west on Chesnut Street and then turning left on Gordon Street. She also claimed she had been in the vehicle alone.

As the officer began to ask the woman more questions, the man quickly stood up and went in the residence before he could be positively identified. The officer ran the woman’s information through dispatch and it turned out she was wanted out of Chester County on an unknown charge. The officer arrested the woman and had her placed in the back of a patrol car. The officer said he then asked the remaining subjects who the man with the dreads was, but no one would cooperate. The officer reported these individual became increasingly hostile, especially after officers arrested the woman.

While checking out the Camry, officers found a black handgun in plain sight on the rear passenger side floor board.

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