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MAYS LANDING NJ (January 6, 2019)- A Philadelphia man is charged in connection to the shooting death of a 21 year-old man on Friday night, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

At 8:44 p.m., Friday Jan. 4, 2019, Atlantic City Police received a 911 call for a shooting at the Sunset Inn, reporting that a man had been shot.

Police arrived at the scene and Ky’Lee Haynes of Atlantic City was transported to the AtlantiCare Medical Center City Campus Trauma Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Investigators were able to broadcast a description of the suspect involved in the fatal shooting. Investigators subsequently responded to a Shot spotter call in the area of North Florida Ave and located a male matching the description of the suspect from the previous shooting at Sunset Inn. The suspect, Avery Bracey, 36, was arrested by Atlantic City Police SWAT Team members and a firearm was located on his person.

The investigation continued when a victim walked into AtlantiCare Medical Center City Campus Trauma Center with a gunshot wound to the leg and reported the injury was sustained on Florida Avenue. Bracey has been identified as the shooter in that crime as well.

Bracey is detained in the Atlantic County Justice Facility for the following charges:

  1. Robbery
  2. Felony Murder
  3. 2 counts Unlawful Possession of a Handgun
  4. 2 counts Unlawful Use of a Handgun
  5. Murder
  6. Aggravated Assault

This investigation is ongoing and it is a cooperative effort between the ACPO Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***


Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.