VICTIM SHOT SEVEN TIMES
William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (July 17, 2021)--Residents in this small community of 11,000 plus people have been waiting a week for more information about a shooting last Saturday night on the 300 unit block of Essex Street. One person was shot seven times, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Some media outlets are reporting the victim is a 18-year-old Gloucester City man. The suspect who allegedly committed the crime, is from Camden City.
Camden and Gloucester City share the same border. Essex Street is about a mile from Camden. The last shooting in Gloucester City was 10 years ago.
From the CNBNews May 1, 2011 report: On May 1, 2011 at 12:49 a.m. officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Middlesex Street for a report of a male who had been shot. Upon arrival officers located the victim, Andrew Stosny, age 19, a resident of Glendora. He had been shot once in the upper chest and was transported to Cooper Hospital where he is currently listed in stable condition.
The individual who committed that crime was also from Camden.
CNBNews interviewed several Essex Street residents the day after the victim got shot. One of those residents said "I moved from Camden to Fairview to get away from this violence. Fairview got so bad I moved from there to Gloucester City. If these shootings continue I will pack up again but to where I will go I haven't given it much thought," she said. "All those years living in Camden and Fairview I watched these young kids with guns shooting and killing people. They are young teenagers, who don't give a damn about life and death. Look at them crosseyed and they will shoot you without hesitation. I won't talk with the cops for that reason. They can't protect you."
The CCPO released the following statement about the arrest of Joel K. Taylor, the suspect who allegedly shot the person on Essex Street.
– Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Gloucester City Police Chief Brian Morrell announce the arrest of 19-year-old Joel K. Taylor, of Camden, in connection with the July 10, 2021 shooting of an 18-year-old Gloucester City male.
On July 10, 2021, at approximately 8:37 p.m., Gloucester City Police were called to the 300 Block of Essex Street in Gloucester City for a report of a male shot. On arrival, police located the victim, who had suffered 7 gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
A comprehensive investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Gloucester City Police Department led to the identification of Joel K. Taylor as the sole shooter. He was charged on July 11, 2021, with first-degree attempted murder, second degree aggravated assault, third degree witness tampering and related weapons offenses.
Taylor was arrested on these charges today in the 500 Block of Ferry Avenue in Camden.
Taylor was lodged in the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing next week.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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