Little Egg Harbor Man Charged in Rolling Shootout on AC Expressway
A Little Egg Harbor man, Lenardo Caro, age 24, has been arrested in connection with what police call a rolling shootout on the Atlantic City Expressway that resulted in at least four males injured and one killed in a crime and investigation scene that stretched for miles, according to a New Jersey State Police press release.
“Five people are now charged after New Jersey State Police detectives and partners from other agencies worked through the night to piece together the evidence,” said State Police.
On Monday, Aug. 29, police dispatch in Egg Harbor received multiple calls reporting shots fired between moving vehicles on the eastbound Expressway in the area of exit 12 just before 3 p.m. Soon after, state police troopers on the Garden State Parkway received a 911 call for a medical assist on the northbound side at milepost 39. They arrived to find a man in the passenger seat of a silver Nissan Maxima dead of a gunshot wound. That man was later identified as Rosemund Octavius, 22, of Egg Harbor Township. The driver of the vehicle, Anthony Hicks, 24, of Mays Landing was not injured and stated that Octavius had been shot as they were driving on the AC Expressway.
More 911 calls came in reporting that four males were in the parking lot of the Wawa store on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township, with gunshot wounds. They were all taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for treatment. The white Ford Expedition they were traveling in had sustained an estimated 21 gunshots.
Witnesses who observed the shooting also reported a black Dodge Ram pickup truck that may have been involved in the shooting incident. Troopers are still looking for that vehicle and its occupant(s). It continued eastbound on the Expressway and is believed to have exited in the Pleasantville area.
State Police detectives and Egg Harbor police canine officers traced the path of the Expedition SUV back to a location near the Wawa where they found four weapons including three handguns and one AK-style assault rifle. Additional evidence was located in the Expedition, which was towed to a State Police facility for a thorough forensic examination, as was the Nissan Maxima.
Working with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, troopers charged five people with weapons offenses. Occupants of the Expedition SUV that were arrested are Caro, of Little Egg Harbor Township, Yahshaun Stukes-Williams, 19, of Mays Landing, and Shaun Stukes, 38, of Atlantic City. They were charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a defaced weapon. They were also charged with employing a juvenile in a crime, an unnamed 16-year-old male who was not charged with the last crime.
Both Stukes-Williams and Stukes were still hospitalized as of Tuesday.
The driver of the Maxima, Anthony Hicks, 24, of Mays Landing, was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, plus a charge of Certain Persons Not to Possess a Firearm.
Judge Robert Switzer of the Egg Harbor Township Municipal Court authorized the charges and set bail at $250,000 full cash on all subjects.
It is not yet clear from which vehicles the shots were fired that killed Octavius or injured the people in the Expedition, so the current charges reflect the early phase of this case. The investigation is still very active, and updates will be supplied as new information becomes available. Troopers are still searching areas for additional evidence, so motorists could expect further police activity in the vicinity.
Charges are mere accusations, and all subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. —P.J.