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Shots fired at south Jersey police station overnight

 

WEST DEPTFORD (AP) — An early morning drive-by shooting left the outside of a south Jersey police station riddled with bullets, but no officers were injured, authorities said Tuesday.

West Deptford police department building
West Deptford police department building (6 ABC)

Police in West Deptford, near Philadelphia, said a dark-colored sedan drove through the parking lot just after 4 a.m., and someone fired seven rounds toward the building, which houses the police department and other municipal offices.

Six bullets hit the outside of the building and the seventh went through the window of the deputy chief’s office, Lt. Stephen Meduri told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. Four officers were working at the time, but only the supervisor was in the station when the shots were fired.

Deputy Chief Sean McKenna said at a news conference Tuesday that the department had not received threats, but “they were clearly out to hurt one of our officers.”

Police have video of the suspect’s vehicle, but not of the shooting. Authorities are trying to enhance the video to gather license plate and vehicle information. Meduri said it’s unclear how many people were in the car. He described the bullets as “large-caliber,” without elaborating.

Police had received several “soft leads,” McKenna said, and were continuing to receive tips Tuesday.

A $3,000 reward was being offered by the local police union for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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