Fatal shooting near Atlantic City school

May 30, 2008 3:50:48 PM PDT
The gunman apparently came to settle an old score. The victim was released from prison just three months ago after serving 11 years on drug charges. The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Marcus Hayes of Atlantic City.

He was on the job, cleaning streets for the city's public works department.

At about 20 minutes before noon, someone drove up and opened fire.

A teacher at Chelsea Heights Elementary School came face to face with the gunman.

"The shooter actually spoke to one of the teachers, who happened to be in the playground area, told her to get down, jumped into a van, and then ran off with it," Fred Nickles, the schools' superintendent, said.

The school immediately went into lockdown.

Firefighters at Station 5 rushed into action.

Captain Fred Garnese, a fireman and registered nurse, started CPR while his coworkers tried to stop the bleeding.

They revived Hayes twice in the street.

Depsite their valiant efforts, Hayes died on the operating table.

His coworkers were just a few blocks away and came running when they heard the shots.

Sources tell Action News that police have some good leads and have been questioning a possible suspect.