CAMDEN, NJ – Earlier this week, gunshots rang out on the 200 block of Clinton Street in Camden. Those shots were directed at a home in the neighborhood. That home is the home of two Camden police officers who were inside the house with their 10-day old infant. Six bullets struck the home, some penetrating the interior of the house, but the couple, luckily was upstairs at the time of the shooting.
Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki confirmed that the home and the officers were the intended target of the shooting but did not know the shooter’s motivation Tuesday night when the incident occurred. Now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting the local and county law enforcement officials with their investigation into the drive-by shooting. A dark-colored Honda Odyssey was seen in the area and is suspected to have been involved in the shooting.
“This attack on our officers was an affront to the department and will not be tolerated,” Wysocki said. A $20,000 reward was offered for information that leads to an arrest in this case.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call 856-757-7420 or use the STOPit app.
During the BLM riots, Camden County’s police department was used as the role model for police reform.
The Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders released the following statement:
Chief Joseph Wysocki was joined by county, state and federal law enforcement representatives today to call for the public’s support in finding two suspects involved in an attack on two Camden County Police Officers earlier this week. On Tuesday night, Sept. 15, at 11:46 p.m. police responded to the 2900 block of Clinton Street. The residence of the officers was struck by six rounds while they and their infant were on the second floor.
Detectives located seven spent shell casings in front of the home with two rounds traveling through the front door into the interior of the residence. The officers have been with the department for four years and two years, respectively, and remain on leave.
“This attack on our officers wan an affront to the department and will not be tolerated,” Wysocki said. “I want thank our law enforcement partners for the assistance they’ve provided us in the early stages of this investigation. We are asking for the public’s help with this case and for them to provide any information that they may have in regard to this shooting.”
Based on the ongoing investigation detectives identified a 1998 dark colored Honda Odyssey with a temporary paper tag in the area during the incident. Early this morning, the vehicle was located and towed for further investigation.
Police are asking for the public’s help to find the suspects and bring them to justice. Anyone with information on the shooting or the vehicle that was used in the shooting should call the CCPD tip line at (856) 757-7042, the Citizen’s Crime Commission at (215) 546-TIPS, or use the STOPit app. More contact information for the agency can be found at www.camdencountypd.org and all tips and information are considered anonymous.
Reward money for information leading to an arrest in the incident will be forthcoming over the next 24 hours.