Egg Harbor City Teen Charged with Killing Ventnor Man
A 16-year-old male from Egg Harbor City has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a man from Ventnor Thursday evening.
Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner says Ventnor Police received a 9-1-1 call just after 8:00 Thursday night for the report of a man down at 8 North Nashville Avenue in the city. Tyner's office says police arrived and located the victim, 61-year-old Sunil Edla, on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds and no obvious signs of life.
Edla’s vehicle, a 2002 Subaru Forester, was missing from the scene but later found in the 1600 block of Sewell Avenue in Atlantic City.
An investigation involving several area law enforcement agencies led to the identification and arrest of the suspect, a 16-year-old male, Friday morning in the 1500 block of Sewell Avenue in Atlantic City.
Tyner said via a press release, "The speedy arrest of the juvenile charged for this homicide is an example of the success of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office working collaboratively with the Ventnor City Police Department and the Atlantic City Police Department to cooperatively investigate violent crime in our region. I thank them all for their hard work and commitment in this and every investigation. The professionalism of these three agencies is directly responsible for the arrest of this individual."
The Press of Atlantic City reports Edla was a father of two and grandfather, was a 30-year resident of Atlantic County, and he worked in the hospitality industry in Atlantic City.
A preliminary autopsy showed the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.
The 16-year-old was charged with first degree murder, first degree felony murder, robbery, carjacking, and unlawful possession of a handgun; he was lodged in the Harborfields Juvenile Detention Facility.