Police Seek Information on Pair of Bridgeton Shootings

By: Reney Waters, Follow South Jersey Bridgeton City Intern

Photo: Jon Bradley | Follow South Jersey

BRIDGETON, N.J. — An accidental shooting took place in Bridgeton on Saturday night that left 20-year-old Alexis Rodriguez from Brooklyn, NY with a gunshot wound to his torso, according to NJ.com. Rodriguez died early on Sunday at the Inspira Medical Center in Vineland.

Police officers responded to the 300-block of Atlantic St. after a report of a gunshot victim in critical condition.

“Subsequent investigation revealed this appears to be an accidental shooting involving a legally-registered firearm owned by a resident at that location,” Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari said after the shooting.

Police have not yet found the shooter, and the case is still under an active investigation.

In addition to the shooting that left a man dead, another 23-year-old man was shot in the arm on the 100-block of South Ave. by a gunman in a passing vehicle. He was hospitalized the same night with non-life threatening injuries. It’s unclear whether or not these two shootings are related at this time.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact police by calling (856) 451-0033.

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.