Teen shot at Trump Taj Mahal waited 4 days before going to hospital: cops
Atlantic City Police have arrested seven men and confiscated four handguns following a wild shooting Thursday night on the 47th floor of the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino.
Police last week reported that two teens had been wounded in the shooting, but four days later officers on the street ran into a 15-year-old with a bullet wound. The teen claimed to have been at the raucous hotel-room party that ended in a shootout.
But before he was hospitalized, the teen had to be chased and tackled off his bicycle as he fled from officers. Police said they found a loaded handgun in his waistband. He was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest and sent to the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Facility.
Atlantic City police made a series of other arrests since last week's shooting at the hotel and said they have identified 20 people who were at the party.
On Tuesday, police arrested Taquay Dunston, 18, who they said fired a gun at the party. Dunston was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, aggravated assault, and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. He was being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $100,000 bail.
Dunston had been pulled over by police and a 16-year-old in the vehicle also was arrested on a previous warrant and locked up in juvenile detention.
On Sunday, while responding to a report of a shooting in the area of Pennsylvania and Drexel avenues — an area police said is known to be frequented by many of the revelers at the Taj Mahal incident — police said they saw a male run away from them. Police said they lost track of him but recovered a gun that had been thrown in the street.
Cops executed a search warrant at a residence on Congress Avenue and said they found a loaded handgun. A 16-year-old male was charged with with unlawful possession of a weapon and sent to juvenile detention.
On Wednesday, Tyshiek Wright, 20, was arrested at Atlantic City Municipal Court and charged with contempt of court and hindering his own apprehension.
Police last week had initially arrested a 17-year-old male and 20-year-old Demond Cottman in connection with the shooting. Cottman was charged with obstruction of justice and released.
Police found no victims at the scene, but two wounded teenagers later showed up AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.
Police ask anyone with information to call 609-347-5788. Information can be texted to 847411 with the text begining with "ACPD." All texts are kept anonymous.