Store manager shot dead at Atlantic City outlets, then gunman shoots himself
ATLANTIC CITY — A gunman at a shopping center shot another man Thursday afternoon before turning the gun on himself in a "domestic-related dispute," police said.
The shooting took place just after noon at the Tanger Outlets. Police placed the shopping center on lockdown for about an hour.
The victim was the store manager at the Zumiez clothing store, police said.
[UPDATE: Victim was identified late Thursday as a 26-year-old Absecon resident. Click for more]
After fatally shooting the manager at Zumiez, the gunman fled across the street and shot himself at a second store, police said.
Police reported at about 1:40 p.m. that victim had died from his injuries.
The mayor said the shooter and victim knew each other, but their relationship wasn't immediately clear.
"Preliminary investigation reveals that shooting involves a domestic related matter and the incident is not an active shooter situation. Police report no on-going threat to the public related to this matter," The Atlantic County prosecutor said in a statement.
Authorities say the weapon used in the shooting was recovered. The condition of the gunman is not known.
Authorities have not released the names of the victim or the suspect.
Police also posted a message on Twitter, advising anyone planning to visit Atlantic City to use Routes 30 and 40.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Atlantic City Police Department and the State Police are investigating.
The Tanger outlets are a popular shopping destination for tourists near the city's casinos and boardwalk. The shooting happened hours before the Zac Brown Band performed on the beach just blocks away and at the start of the final big holiday weekend of the summer at the financially struggling shore resort.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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