Cops: 5 charged in Parkway shootout … but whose bullets killed passenger?
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (Atlantic County) — State Police have charged five people in connection with a Garden State Parkway shootout Monday in which gunmen fired their weapons from their moving vehicles.
The miles-long fusillade of bullets claimed the life of Rosemund Octavius, 22, of Egg Harbor Township, who was found dead in a Nissan whose driver was among those charged.
The arrest turned up several weapons, including an assault rifle, police said Tuesday.
The timeline of the shooting, which took place on both the Parkway and the Atlantic City Expressway, is not yet clear.
None of the suspects have been charged with Octavius' death because investigators still haven't confirmed which bullets were fired from which car.
Police, meanwhile, continue to look for a black Dodge Ram pickup truck that witnesses said was involved in the shooting. The truck reportedly exited the Expressway from the eastbound side in Pleasantville.
They continue to work two main crime scenes: the northbound side of the Garden State Parkway just north of the Atlantic CIty Expressway, and the Wawa store on Tilton Road in Hamilton Township where a Ford Expedition stopped with the three adult and teen suspects. The passengers of the SUV had dumped three handguns and one AK-style assault rifle near the store, according to State Police, who said the SUV took an estimated 21 shots and a blown out tire.
Police continue to search the area around the Parkway and other unspecified areas for evidence. A large amount of cash was among the items found inside the SUV, according to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.
The occupants of the SUV — Leonardo Caro, 24, of Egg Harbor Township; Yahshaun Stukes-Williams, 19, of Mays Landing; Shaun Stukes, 38, of Atlantic City; and a 16-year-old male — were all charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, possession of an assault weapon and possession of a defaced firearm.
The three adults were also charged with employing a juvenile in a crime.
The driver of a silver Nissan Maxima found parked along the Garden State Parkway just north of the Atlantic City Expressway, Anthony Hicks, 24, of Mays Landing, was also charged. All are being held pending $250,000 cash bail.
State Police spokesman Captain Stephen Jones said on Monday “We believe at this point that the people involved in this shooting knew each other. This was not a random act."
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.