Victor Ruiz Jr., 24, was arrested and charged for shooting and killing Lamar Abdul Thompson, 27, of Camden, and injuring another 26-year-old Camden man behind a Gulf station in the city on Saturday night.
The Camden County Police responded to a Shotspotter activation on the 1000 block of Kaighn Avenue at approximately 9:41 p.m. In addition to the responding officers, an on-duty patrolman had been in the area at the time and responded when he heard the gunshots. When the officer arrived, he found the 26-year-old victim and transported him to Cooper University Hospital for treatment.
The responding police officers also arrived on location and found the second victim, Abdul Thompson, suffering multiple gunshot wounds laying on the ground. He was also transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 10:22 p.m. that same evening.
Victor Ruiz Jr. was charged this morning with one count of first degree Murder, one count of first degree Attempted Murder, one count of second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and one count of second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose according to the Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson
Police arrived at the defendant’s residence on the 1000 block of Kaighn Avenue early this morning, where he was arrested and remanded to the Camden County Correctional Facility pending a pretrial detention hearing. Under the recent Criminal Justice Reform rules, the court may order he be detained without bail or released with conditions.
The investigation into the matter is ongoing and anyone with information should contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Jason Rowello at (856) 225-8475 or Camden County Police Detective Eddie Gonzalez at (856) 757-7420.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Released Sunday, September 3, 2017.