Camden, N.J. – A Camden man has been charged in connection to the fatal shooting of a man at a gas station in September, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki.
Cornell Tarte, 33, of Camden, has been charged with one count of first-degree Murder, one count of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, one count of second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and one count of second-degree Certain Persons.
Police were called to the AM/PM gas station on Kaighn Ave. shortly before midnight on Sept. 7 for a report of an injured man. The man, identified as Michael Milton, 45, of Woodlynne, was taken to an area hospital before police arrived.
Milton was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Through the investigation, police learned Milton was shot in his vehicle shortly before 11:30 p.m., but wasn’t discovered for at least 30 minutes.
Through the investigation, detectives located surveillance footage of a man approaching Milton’s vehicle at the approximate time of the shooting before quickly walking away. Police said the man was identified as Tarte.
Tarte was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force – Camden Division in Atlantic City on Sept. 28 on unrelated charges. He is currently in the Camden County Correctional Facility awaiting a detention hearing.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.