PLEASANTVILLE - Pleasantville Police Department officials are thanking officers from 12 neighboring departments for their aid in an attempt to capture the men involved in a pair of Wednesday, Sept. 18 shootings.
Ultimately, two men were detained and questioned, according to Pleasantville Police Capt. Sean Riggin. However, they were not arrested and were released. The investigation is continuing.
Officers from the following departments provided K9 officers, detectives, and patrol officers during three separate requests for mutual aid: Atlantic County Sheriffs Department along with members of the police departments of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Brigantine, Margate, Longport, Hamilton, Egg Harbor Township, Northfield, Linwood, Somers Point, and Ocean City.
The first shooting occurred around 5 p.m. when Pleasantville police received calls for shots fired in the 800 block of West Ashland Avenue, Riggin said.
Responding officers determined bullets struck two occupied houses and an occupied vehicle.
Witnesses told police that two black males fled on foot.
A mutual aid K-9 search was unable to locate the men, Riggin said.
While officers investigated the first shooting, the Pleasantville police received reports of a second shooting involving two vehicles at 6:20 p.m.. The second shooting occurred about 1.5 miles away from the first.
Officers investigated the second shooting and found shell casings and bullet damage to two residences near the intersection of Ryon Avenue and Clematis Avenue.
Additional mutual aid units arrived and secured the second crime scene and offered backup for any new calls, Riggin said.
At approximately 8:20 p.m., officers located a maroon vehicle with bullet damage located in a dirt alley behind the 1400 block of South Broad Street. South Broad Street lies in the midway point between the two shootings.
The officers’ investigation led them to two residences on the 1400 block of South Broad Street, Riggin said.
Utilizing mutual aid officers from multiple departments, officers set up a perimeter. They located and detained two male subjects.
However, they were not arrested and were later released, Riggin said.
The incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information should the Pleasantville Police Department at (609) 641-6100.
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