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CHAOS Over BLACK FRIDAY Sales In South Jersey… 1 DEAD And Another In Critical Condition

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VIA| MAYS LANDING, N.J. (CBS)—A bullet riddled SUV and dozens of shell casings mark the crime scene after two people are shot outside of a South Jersey mall on Black Friday.

It happened around 1 a.m. outside of the Macys department store at the Hamilton Mall, in Atlantic County, New Jersey.

According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Demond Cottman, 21, of Atlantic City,  died at the scene after he was shot multiple times.

Also found at the scene was the victim’s 26-year-old brother, Shadi Cottman, of Clayton, NJ, suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. He was transported to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division, where he remains in stable condition.

Mall shoppers described the terrifying ordeal.

“It’s sad,” said one shopper on the scene of the shooting.”We’ve been doing this, me and my girls for probably about ten years now, just for the fun of going out–a girls night and trying to get some special sales and it’s getting scary now.”

“It’s a tragedy…It’s very scary you know, you’re starting off the holiday season and you’re excited about the upcoming times with family and now there’s going to be family who are missing people and their holidays will never be the same,” said another shopper.

The Hamilton Mall issued a statement on the shooting saying, “There was a shooting that occurred outside the mall after it was closed in the early morning of November 25, 2016,” said a spokesperson. “Our thoughts and prayers are extended to victims and their families.”

Authorities have not indicated who fired the shots or if a suspect is at large at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666.

 

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