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press release October 28,2013


(Camden, NJ) – A suspect who fired five shots into the air in Whitman Park Friday night with a semi-automatic handgun was arrested by officers who witnessed the incident. He is also the suspect in a similar shooting incident hours earlier two blocks away.

Officers Michael McCausland and Dennis Convery were patrolling in the area of Norris and Decatur streets just after 7 p.m. Friday when they saw a car obstructing the road on the 1200 block of Decatur. They observed passenger Khalick Best, 31, of Clementon, exit the car then raise his right arm and fire five shots into the air with a handgun. He then got back into the vehicle which drove away toward Mount Ephraim Avenue.

Officers McCausland and Convery, along with Officer Carolyn Dona, stopped the car on Dayton Street. As officers approached the vehicle, they observed Best in the front passenger seat with a Colt Match Target .22 caliber long rifle handgun on his lap. Best exited the vehicle and was arrested.

Driver Patrice Sloan El, 32, of Clementon, also exited the vehicle and struggled against officers as they tried to contain the scene.

Sloan El was charged with Resisting Arrest, issued a summons and released.

Best, who is also the suspect in an incident that happened shortly before 3:40 p.m. on Friday in which five shots were fired into the air on the 1300 block of Browning Street, was charged with two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and two counts of Certain Persons Not to Have Weapons. He was remanded to the county jail with bail set at $200,000 cash or bond. Best is also being held on outstanding municipal warrants totaling $3,700.

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