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Residents react to recent string of Atlantic County homicides

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PLEASANTVILLE -

The number of homicides in Atlantic County has reached 26 for the year 2012 which is only a few away from the record of 31 back in 2006.

"It's something that needs to stop."

It's a concern many in the Pleasantville community now have, following a string of recent homicides. All of which happened in Atlantic County, and three of which happened within the last three days.

"I do feel its unfortunate, and it's kind of scary," said concerned resident, Anthony Fleming.

Police responded to the parking lot behind "Sam's Rialto Bar and Grill" just before midnight, to find 33 year old Chikki Smith dead, due to multiple gun shot wounds.

"I think that's crazy that there are a lot of people getting killed for stupid stuff. The homicide rate is just too high. Its too high for a bunch of nothing," said Atlantic City resident, Kevin Sheffield.

Residents say they are concerned for their safety, and if something is not done to stop the violence that they could be next.

Anthony Fleming is most concerned for the safety of his two daughters, but hopes that with the help of the local police that in time his fear will subside.

"We are very aggressive. If we see you standing on a corner and it looks like you are up to something, we are going to stop you. If we see you parked on a corner we are going to check you out. If we see you walking down the street, we are going to stop and check you out," said Chief Jose Ruiz of the Pleasantville Police Department.

Currently no arrests have been made in the Pleasantville shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pleasantville Police, or the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.

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