Bridgeton, NJ, Man Fatally Shot; Police are looking for two suspects


Cumberland County authorities say a Bridgeton man was fatally shot early Saturday morning and the search for two armed and dangerous suspects continues.

According to the Bridgeton Police Department, their officers were called to the Maple Gardens apartment complex off South East Ave. around 3 a.m. for a report of several people fighting and gunfire.

There cops found one victim, Herbert R. Lee, 36, who was taken to Inspira Hospital in Bridgeton where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Officers arrested a person at the apartment complex, Kvaughn Walker, 22, of Bridgeton, who was charged with possession of a handgun, but authorities said he was not involved in the shooting.

Suspects identified

Following an investigation, police say arrest warrants have been issued for Ryan A. Askins, 29, of Bridgeton (pictured) for murder and weapons-related offenses and Desmond L. Bethel, 29 , also of Bridgeton, for weapons-related offenses.

An additional charge of evading police was also signed against Askins on Saturday afternoon by Millville police who, along with detectives, spotted him driving his 2011 Audi A6 in the town. Cops briefly chased the vehicle before ending the pursuit for safety reasons.

Armed and dangerous

Authorities say the two subjects should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact Det. Mark Yoshioka at (856) 392-9031.

The public is reminded that charges are charges and everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty in court.

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