Gun Shot Alert System Leads Atlantic City Police to Three Armed Men

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Alerts to the Atlantic City Police Department via the city’s ShotSpotter alert system led to the arrest of three men and the recovery of handguns and drugs on Saturday. ShotSpotter is a network that detects loud sounds such as gunshots from multiple locations throughout the city and triangulates the origin of those shots to help police react instantly to gun discharges across the city.

According to police, at 6:31 PM, patrol officers responded to the area of South Carolina and Adriatic Avenues in reference to a ShotSpotter alert. Arriving officers located evidence of gunfire.

“While investigating, Lieutenant Mark Benjamin Sr. observed a man that matched a description of a possible suspect back in the area,” the department said. “With assistance from Surveillance Center personnel, the man, Hamid Palmer, was observed conducting a narcotics transaction. Lieutenant Benjamin and numerous officers converged on Palmer and two other men, Kareem Watson Jr. and Omar Law. Palmer was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, more than 100 bags of heroin and more than six grams of cocaine. Watson was found in possession of loaded handgun and 40 bags of heroin. Law was found in possession of a single bag of heroin. All three were arrested without incident.”

Hamid Palmer, 22; Kareem Watson Jr., 21; and Omar Law, 21 were arrested.