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Police continue to investigate weekend violent attacks; residents are outraged

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Police have released more information about a series of violent events that unfolded throughout Saturday evening and now leaves residents saying they're looking for somewhere else to live.

"I had to run out there to grab my kids, praying that everything was OK." But for Ashley Freeman everything was not OK.

What she first thought was the sound of firecrackers was the sound of bullets, and now leaves her Atlantic City home in pieces.

"I saw the sparks, and next I saw my whole back door shattered. My kids were out there!"

But Freeman was just one of many Atlantic City residents who were terrorized by an unusual series of events that unfolded on Saturday.

"I had just come home and I heard shots," said Donald Scott, who heard the first shots fired on Saturday.

It all started with a shots fired call on the 1300 block of Caspian Avenue around 5:30 P.M.

Less than an hour later, witnesses told police they saw 19-year-old Austin Clark carjack a male victim on the 300 block of Madison Avenue.

"It's a large amount of incidents that happened in a short period of time," said Sgt. Monica McMenamin of the Atlantic City Police Department.

Over the next four hours, several shots were fired sending two people to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. At each scene police say they found physical evidence that connected Clark to the attack, leading to his arrest early Sunday morning.

Members of the Atlantic City SWAT Team were able to locate Clark inside of a home of the 500 block of Robinson Avenue, after they surrounded the home. This is when they say they heard a single gun shot before witnessing Clark attempt to escape through the back door.

"We're fortunate that none of our officers were injured that they the suspect was apprehended," said McMenamin.

Police also arrested 20-year-old Abdul Bailey, and a 17-year-old boy on Robinson Avenue who police say were allegedly involved in some of the attacks that have left neighbors on edge.

"I can't live in this house. I can't live like that with my children," said Freeman.

Clark is being charged with armed robbery, and unlawful possession of a weapon. He is also being charged in the June 8th shooting of Richard Davis who was shot in the arm and leg.

It is unknown if the bullet shot before the arrests was aimed at police.

Police are continuing to investigate the attacks, and do not believe the victims were chosen at random.

Anyone with information on these events is asked to contact the ACPD Criminal iInvestigations unit at 609-347-5766.

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