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Residents fearful after Expressway shootout and Tuesday shootings

September 01, 2016

PLEASANTVILLE — At nightfall, Ella Stanley would like to walk her 8-year-old border collie, Bob, in her neighborhood on Cresson Avenue, but she fears violence in the area and says bullets have no eyes.

Stanley has lived in Pleasantville for about 20 years, after leaving Atlantic City because she didn’t want to raise her children in the resort. Now she said she is watching violence spill back and forth between the two cities.

“You can hear gunshots over here, and when violence happens in Atlantic City, it affects us over here. I said to my husband, ‘It’s going to start over here in Pleasantville now. It’s coming.’ I was right,” she said, shaking her head as she sat at her dining room table.

Stanley, 55, is like many residents from the two cities who live in fear due to violent incidents this week and throughout the summer. Two people were shot 40 minutes apart Tuesday night in Atlantic City and Pleasantville, and a rolling shootout on the Atlantic City Expressway killed one person and wounded four more in another vehicle Monday afternoon.

“I feel like a prisoner in my own home,” Stanley said.

A few miles from Stanley’s home, Oscar Bolon, 31, was shot in the back at about 9 p.m. Tuesday on Edgewater Avenue.

At about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday in Atlantic City, after multiple 911 calls and a ShotSpotter notification, and Officer Eric Knuttel arrived to the 300 block of North Carolina Avenue and found a 17-year-old Atlantic City boy with non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. Police said he was riding a dirt bike when he was shot and crashed.

Pleasantville Police Chief Sean Riggin said Monday’s Expressway shootout and Tuesday’s shooting on Edgewater Avenue did not appear to be connected.

Riggin said police will increase their presence in certain sections of the city and surrounding areas due to recent criminal activity

“We treat these incidents as an ongoing problem. We are concerned about safety, and not just for the residents, but for the officers who are responding,” said Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle.

State Police identified some of the suspects they believe were involved in a shootout betwee…

Riggin said the police department is working with other municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies.

“We know there is a problem, and there’s a problem that law enforcement is going to go after in a very regional and strategic way,” Riggin said.

The reaction from Atlantic City residents on North Carolina Avenue was similar to Stanley’s on Wednesday.

Press Of Atlantic City