WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Police Department, who were on alert over the weekend for a previously advertised pop-up beach party, reported the arrest of a Millville man and are looking for several persons of interest related to shots fired in Wildwood, May 12.
The Wildwood Police Department received a 911 call for shots fired near the intersection of Spencer and Ocean avenues, May 12, at approximately 9:05 p.m.
When officers arrived, they located a man who had sustained an injury to his upper left leg. The victim, believed to be an unintended target, was flown to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and was released several hours later after being treated for his injuries.
Meanwhile, the crime scene was cordoned off while numerous police officers canvassed the area looking for witnesses and suspects.
Upon searching the immediate area, officers observed a male subject, identified as Nyshawn Ellis, 20, of Millville, hiding in a boat located in the 300 East block of Spencer Avenue.
Ellis was taken into custody after a brief struggle and transported back to police headquarters.
During the continuing investigation conducted by the Wildwood Police Department Detective Division and Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, surveillance video was obtained and three spent 9mm shell casings were collected from the scene and submitted as evidence.
As a result of this investigation, several persons of interest are believed to be connected to the shooting incident. The Wildwood Police Department and Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to investigate the matter.
So far, Ellis has been charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest, both disorderly persons offenses, and released on a summons complaint for both offenses.
The defendant was charged after a finding of probable cause and is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law in accordance with the Attorney General Guidelines, promulgated in connection with the Criminal Justice Bail Reform Policies and Directives.
The Wildwood Police Department expressed thanks to all the Cape May County law enforcement agencies that were already in Wildwood as a precaution after the advertising of the pop-up beach party for May 12 and 13.
The event was canceled after the city filed an injunction against the organizers, however, the city remained on alert for those who had not gotten the message.
The Wildwood Police Department credited the presence of additional officers with their ability to swiftly secure the area and search for the suspects.
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