Two neighborhood shootings in six days have Pleasantville police concerned

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Pleasantville Police Department Pleasantville Police Department PLEASANTVILLE – Pleasantville Police Department detectives are investigating if a there is a connection between a pair of neighborhood shootings in six days that killed one man.

Devon Leggette, 18, was shot in the lower middle back at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6 while he stood with a group of guys near the basketball courts at Woodland and Fourth avenues, according to Pleasantville Police Capt. Rocky Melendez.

Leggette was seriously injured and taken to AtlantiCareRegionalMedicalCenter in Atlantic City for treatment, Melendez said. Leggette remained hospitalized as of Monday.

“He has some serious injuries,” Melendez said. “We are concerned with his spine.”

Leggette was shot by one of two men who approached the group while driving a dark-colored car, Melendez said. Both men were described as white or Hispanic with dark hair.

Seven shots were fired, Melendez said.

Detectives had been unable to question Leggette as of Monday morning, he said.

“We don’t know if he was the intended target or if somebody else in the group was the target,” Melendez said. “We don’t know if the entire group was the target.”

Melendez said Leggette’s shooting may have been a crime of opportunity.

“These guys are driving around and they see somebody they have a beef with,” Melendez said. “And they take it upon themselves right then and there to take care of business.”

Pleasantville police are also working to determine if Leggette’s shooting is related to the fatal shooting that occurred six days earlier about 300 feet away.

Unfortunately, Leggette’s shooting wasn’t the first time the sound of gunshots has echoed through the New Hope Community Neighborhood along Woodland Avenue recently.

Ahmad Molley, 28, of Pleasantville died Monday, June 30 after being shot behind a home on the 200 block of Hendricks Avenue and about 300 feet from where Leggette was struck.

No arrests have been made in connection with Molley’s murder or in Leggette’s shooting.

“We are concerned,” Melendez said about a possible connection between the two shootings.

Police are also worried about a daytime shooting and the possibility that other people could have been in the line of fire.

“Anytime we get a shooting it’s a grave concern,” Melendez said. “When it happens in the middle the day when there happens to be a tendency for other people to be out there… we are extremely concerned.”

Melendez said the department needs more residents to come forward and offer information to help guide police toward solving cases.

Anonymous tips can be made at the Pleasantville Police Department’s website at www.pleasantville-nj.org/police/, by calling 609-641-6100 or by calling Crime Stoppers of Atlantic County at 1-800-658-8477.

“You don’t have to give your name,” Melendez said.

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