State Police continue to investigate a shooting in which five people were shot, one of them fatally. The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. this afternoon on the eastbound Atlantic City Expressway near Exit 12.
A short time after the shooting, a white Ford Expedition pulled into the parking lot of a Wawa in Egg Harbor Township near the airport entrance. Four men were taken from that vehicle to the hospital with gunshot wounds. All are being treated for various injuries.
Around the same time, a silver Nissan was located by Troopers on the Northbound Garden State Parkway near the intersection of the Expressway. The driver of that car was uninjured, but the passenger had sustained a fatal gunshot wound.
Troopers are collecting evidence from both vehicles. They also found weapons at a location not far from one of the scenes that are connected with the crime.
State police detectives are looking into whether more people or vehicles may be connected to this incident. They are continuing this investigation throughout the night. At this point it seems evident that the people involved in this shooting had some connection with each other and that the crime was not random.
The next of kin for the deceased has not been notified as of this writing, so no identification can be released. All the victims are males, under the age of 40.
State Police detectives are leading this cooperative investigation with Egg Harbor Township police, the Atlantic County Prosecutors office, and other agencies.