By: Isaiah Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Reporter/’What’s Good’ Host
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Even in the face of an unspeakable tragedy, the city of Bridgeton chose to come together and push forward on Sunday.
A mass shooting at a home in Fairfield Township that took place Saturday night was on everybody’s mind during Sunday’s basketball event in Bridgeton that was organized by John Fuqua, founder of Life Worth Living. Two people died and 12 others were injured in the shooting, which was a “targeted attack” on a birthday party attended by more than 100 people on Saturday night.
Though the community wasn’t even 24 hours removed from the devastating tragedy, Fuqua felt it was important to hold Sunday’s basketball event, which was also attended by Bridgeton Mayor Albert B. Kelly.
“It’s about togetherness. It’s about looking out for your neighbor. Inside the game, it’s about working together,” Fuqua said on Sunday. “We all play our role, we can be successful — that’s what it’s all about for me. We can’t allow a few handful of people to disturb the flow of everyday people who get up every day and go to work, who get up every day and take care of their kids, who want to find a little bit of time for some recreation. That shouldn’t be taken away because of a handful of individuals who want to break the law.”
Mayor Kelly vowed to work together with Fairfield Township and other authorities to bring the perpetrators of Saturday’s shooting to justice. One suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting, but authorities expect to make more arrests in the coming days and weeks.
Anybody with additional information regarding Saturday night’s shooting — including a potential motive — is urged to contact the New Jersey State Police’s Bridgeton Station by calling (856) 451-0101. You can also reach out to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office’s anonymous tip hotline by visiting its website.
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