Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle reported an Edgewater Park teenager has been arrested and charged with a killing in the township Monday.
The Edgewater Park 16-year-old is charged with Murder, Felony Murder and Attempted Murder. He was ordered held at the Camden County Juvenile Detention Center in a hearing Wednesday morning.
Gloucester Township Police arrested The 16-year-old Tuesday night after spotting him walking on the street in Edgewater Park. He was in possession of a handgun when taken into custody.
It is alleged the 16-year-old shot Lamar Ortiz, M/20, of the Autumn Ridge Apartments on the 1500 block of Little Gloucester Road in Gloucester Township, multiple times in the apartment complex’s parking lot shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday. The shooting took place during an attempted robbery. Ortiz was taken to JFK Hospital Stratford and pronounced dead there at 10:35 p.m.
An 18-year-old male from Marlton who arrived at the apartment complex with the 16-year-old was also struck. He suffered a minor graze wound to the head.
Ortiz’s shooting came in the midst of an ongoing investigation into the activities of Ortiz and his roommate, Daimon Perez, M/21, who are accused of selling guns illegally at the apartment complex. Gloucester Township Police and the New Jersey State Police began the investigation in May after receiving information that Ortiz and Perez were selling firearms at Autumn Ridge Apartments. During the 2 month investigation, the Troopers from the NJSP and Officers from the Gloucester Township Police Department purchased two firearms from Perez.
Meanwhile, investigators learned Ortiz may have been responsible for shooting as many as nine shots at a van speeding away from him in the Autumn Ridge apartment complex’s parking lot on April 27, 2013. No one was struck in that incident.
After Ortiz’s killing, police obtained a search warrant for the apartment Ortiz shared with Perez and found two firearms, approximately five pounds of marijuana, 200 narcotic pills, 1⁄2 ounce of white powder believed to be cocaine, and $8,900 in cash. Based on the results of the two month investigation and the items seized in the search of the apartment, Perez was arrested and charged with four counts of Trafficking Firearms Illegally. He was remanded to Camden County Jail in lieu of $100,000.00 full cash bail.
These charges were unrelated to the shooting and murder of Lamar Ortiz.
After Ortiz died Gloucester Township police received information that confirmed Ortiz was the person responsible for the April shooting. Gloucester Township law enforcement has closed the investigation into that shooting.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.