New Jersey police said a suspect was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire outside an Atlantic City casino on Saturday and one police officer was seriously wounded.
Atlantic City police Chief Henry White said the shooting happened around 4 am after officers stopped a car with three men near a parking garage of Caesars casino. White said at least one of the men in the car opened fire. Police were still looking for two other suspects and closed streets in the area.
“At this point I don’t know what the reason for the initial stop was,” White said at an early-morning news conference. “But as the officers were getting out of the car, the males opened fire on our officers, striking one.”
The officer, whose name was not released, was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center a few blocks from the shooting. He underwent surgery Saturday morning. The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association offered a USD 20,000 reward for information on the remaining suspects in the shooting. “It’s a sad commentary on society,” Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said. “These are good examples of what happens when too many of these assault weapons are in the wrong hands.”
The shooting happened during the final big summer weekend for the shore resort and two days after a man fatally shot a store manager and then shot himself at a popular outlet shopping mall near where Saturday morning’s shooting occurred. The shooting also happened as the resort town prepared for the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine, which was expected to start bringing wind and rain today.