Second Camden shooting victim dies

August 6, 2009 7:38:37 AM PDT
Officials say 68-year-old Juan Lopez died Wednesday night after being shot Tuesday along with a teenage member of his family who also died.

Police say witnesses reported 25-year-old Jose Feliciano was acting strangely and that he opened fire in the 3100 block of Pleasant Street in Camden around 4:30 p.m.

The teenager, 16-year-old Raymond Ramon, who was also Lopez's nephew, died at Cooper University Hospital.

Feliciano was charged with first degree murder in connection with Ramon's death.

Feliciano and Ramon are cousins, and family members are baffled by the shooting.

"I don't know how it happened. They were like two peas in a pod," said Feliciano's sister Chrystal Mendez.

Investigators are still unsure how Lopez was shot. Family members say he was in a house next door to where the initial gunfire occured.

When officers arrived, they say Feliciano shot at them, and officers returned fire. Police say Feliciano fled into his home, but surrendered shortly after. Bullet holes are visible in the home.

"I think the cops shot my uncle," Mendez said.

Authorities won't confirm or deny that claim, saying only that Lopez was wounded in the exchange of gunfire.

Doctors thought Lopez was be recovering. He was upgraded to stable earlier on Wednesday.

Feliciano has not been charged in Lopez's shooting. However Feliciano does have criminal a record that includes burglary and weapons charges.

Assistant prosecutor Gregory Smith outlined the charges in court Wednesday morning.

"The defendant did speak with investigators and he did admit to shooting the victim inside the residence prior to police arrival," Smith said.