ATLANTIC CITY -- A 17-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder while riding a dirt bike on North Carolina Avenue Tuesday night.
Police were called to the 300 block of North Carolina Avenue around 8:20 p.m. for reports of a shooting. There were multiple calls to 911 and a ShotSpotter notification.
The boy's identity was not released.
Officer Eric Knuttel arrived to find the teen at Drexel Avenue and South Carolina Avenue, one block from where police found shell casings on a sidewalk of North Carolina Avenue.
The boy was taken by ambulance to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, for non-life threatening injuries. The investigation revealed that he was traveling on a dirt bike when he was struck by gunfire and crashed.
Neighbors said they heard eight shots in quick succession. Police detectives on Drexel Avenue had marked off about a half-dozen shell casings.
Neighbors said it was the second incident of gunfire on South Carolina Avenue in the past three days.
"It might be a war going on," resident Thomas Jones said. He said he has lived in Atlantic City for 14 years. "This is really just getting ridiculous.
"In my day we used to use these," Jones said, holding up his fists. "Now they go right to the guns, and guns are easy to find."
Another neighbor who would not give his name said he heard the gunfire and told his girlfriend to get down.
"It sounded like pop-pop-pop, really quick. I was concerned about stray bullets coming through the window," he said.
He said it's the second time since he moved to Atlantic City a month ago that he has heard gunfire from his home.
The investigation is being led by the department’s Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Violent Crimes Unit at 609-347-5788. Information can be text to TIP411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD. All texts are anonymous.
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