Authorities say an 18-year-old Pleasantville man has been charged in connection to the fatal shooting of a 26 year-old man and for wounding two others in the city back in April.

Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill says Karim Rice has been charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon. Rice is currently being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

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Shill's office says on the afternoon of April 8th, the Pleasantville Police Department received calls about multiple people that had been shot on the 100 block of Linden Avenue. Responding officers located 26-year-old Maurice Hampton (a.k.a. “Abdul Hamid”) of Pleasantville who had been shot and killed. Two 18-year-olds, Messiah Burton and Shilameen Henderson, both of Pleasantville, were shot; they were treated for their injuries at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center-City. reports authorities did not comment on a possible motive for the shootings.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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