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N.J. police station bullet-ridden after early morning drive-by shooting

"It’s an attack on our community," says West Deptford mayor.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Aug. 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

WEST DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Police in New Jersey are hunting for a gunman or gunmen who fired multiple high-caliber shots at a police station in West Deptford Township in an apparent drive-by shooting.

Police say the station was struck seven times by bullets at least .40 caliber or higher at roughly 4:05 a.m. Tuesday morning. The building also houses the West Deptford municipal court and other local administrative offices.

"When there's an attack like this on our police station, it's an attack on our community," West Deptford Mayor Raymond Chintall told CBS Philly.

Surveillance footage shows a black compact sedan twice driving by the entrance where the shots were fired, but are unable to tell if the shots were fired on the first pass or second. Forensic investigators are currently trying to enhance the footage in hopes they can determine the make or model of the car, or decipher its license plate.

The shooting took place just five minutes after an officer re-entered the station from a short shift break, with bullets lining the area around the door police use to enter and exit.

A local police union is offering $3,000 for information that will lead to the arrest of the shooter or shooters.

"Anything and all means to get this suspect and bring him to justice."
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