A 19-year-old man from Atlantic City is facing a list of charges for allegedly fleeing from an officer and shooting at another vehicle.

Atlantic City Police say the scene unfolded around 10:00 Friday morning when Ofc. Daniel Kramer was stopped Sovereign and Arctic Avenues and he heard numerous gunshots. When the shots were heard, Sovereign Avenue School was hosting a graduation ceremony outside for students and families.

After the gunshots, police say Ofc. Kramer saw two vehicles driving at a high rate of speed turn off of the first block of North Sovereign Avenue and then north on Montpelier Avenue.

A press release says,

Officer Kramer began to pursue the vehicles as it appeared one was chasing the other. A Dodge Charger being driven by Azir Abdullah was in front of Officer Kramer. The second vehicle was in front of Abdullah. Abdullah turned on to Fairmount Avenue and Officer Kramer observed him fire several gunshots at the vehicle in front of him. While driving down Fairmount Avenue, Abdullah sideswiped a parked car. The pursuit continued on to Albany Avenue with Abdullah continuing on Route 40. The other vehicle turned at West End Avenue.

 

Officer Kramer continued to pursue Abdullah to the Exit 2 on-ramp for the Atlantic City Expressway. Abdullah lost control of his vehicle and crashed. As Abdullah fled from the vehicle he dropped his handgun, stopped and picked it up, and fled into a wooded area.

Numerous law enforcement agencies established a perimeter and at 12:20 PM, Abdullah was located in dense brush and taken into custody. During a search of the area, officers located a handgun magazine.

No injuries were reported. Detectives are conducting an investigation into occupants of the second vehicle.

Route 40 and the Atlantic City Expressway were closed for several hours during the search.

Abdullah was charged with aggravated assault, eluding, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain person not to possess a weapon, and possession of hollow-point ammunition. He was remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

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