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Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel calls on the public to help stop gun violence

Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel calls on the public to help stop gun violence

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MAYS LANDING — Stop the violence rallies are fine, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said Monday. But coming forward with information about the violence is more important.

Housel called for residents to take a stand Monday when it comes to increasing gun violence.

The plea came more than a day after a man was shot dead in Atlantic City early Sunday morning, at a gathering with at least 50 to 75 people in attendance, he said, citing conservative estimates.

“It could have been as many as 200,” he said.

But no one has come forward. Even the family of victim Akeem Reynolds has not been cooperative, he said.

Reynolds, 21, of Pleasantville was shot at about 12:30 a.m., shortly after police received a call that a Cedar Court block party was becoming dangerous, and shots were threatened. Gunfire was later heard, and the man was found shot twice in the 1400 block of Magellan Avenue.

He was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:29 a.m.

An autopsy performed Monday showed he died of a gunshot wound to the back. He also suffered a superficial wound to the leg.

“We are not going to solve and prosecute these crimes without the help of the community,” Housel said.

He pointed to Press of Atlantic City articles about a recent “stop the violence” rally in Pleasantville, after a spate of shootings there.

“One thing that struck me is nobody stood up and said, ‘Cooperate with police. Cooperate with law enforcement,’” Housel said.

“That’s one of our biggest impediments, that the victims are not coming forward,” Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle said Monday afternoon. “They’re not talking because they just know there’s going to be some kind of retaliation.”

But that is what will really stop the violence, Housel said.

“If you’re going to clean up your community, you have to have the guts to come forward,” Housel said.

Staff writer Derek Harper contributed to this report.


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