Man, walking with wife, killed in Camden
CAMDEN, N.J. - August 13, 2012 (WPVI) -- Investigators in Camden, New Jersey say a 52-year-old man was shot and killed while walking with his wife late Sunday night.
Police were called to the shooting scene at 34th and Federal streets at 10:17 p.m.
The prosecutor's office said the victim, James Glover, of the 200 block of 32nd Street, was shot in the chest by a stray bullet.
Investigators say Glover and his wife, Sheila, had just left a nearby 7-Eleven store.
"He was just doing good, we were planning his birthday, and... Oh my God, oh my God," Sheila said.
Sheila told police she heard gunshots, saw a muzzle flash, then watched as her husband fell to the ground.
"I figured he just got down to cover me because he heard the shots. Then I looked and there was all this blood on the ground," she said.
He was pronounced dead a short time later at Cooper Hospital.
There was no word on a suspect or a motive in this case as the investigation continues.
Anybody with information is asked to call Camden County Prosecutor Investigator Charles Farrell (856) 225-8653 or Camden City Detective Angel Nieves at (856) 757-7401.
That shooting occurred just hours after 25-year-old Garland Banks was killed in hail of bullets near the corner of 27th and Mickle Streets.
In the midst of one of the deadliest years in Camden's history, Garland's father can only wonder what can be done to stem the violence.
"I've never seen a city where the kids run the city. People don't even come out of their houses or sit on their porch or have barbecues or functions. It's going to be a killing alley," said Lorne Ford.
This comes as Camden Mayor Dana Redd moves forward with a controversial plan to dissolve the city's police department and help develop a regional police force that would be run by the county.
Mayor Redd is touting the plan as a move that would save the city a bundle of money while actually putting more patrol officers on the streets of the city.
However, Camden Police Union President John Williamson says this proposal only looks good on paper.
"You're looking to eliminate an entire force of experienced officers for a totally new, untested, unproven, upstart police department that is not even in existence," said Williamson.
Meantime, Sheila Glover says she no longer cares about government planning, or local budgets... She just wants her husband back.
"He loved me!!! He was insecure, but he was mine. He was mine! Now he's gone!"
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