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Camden detectives 'essentially ambushed' in hail of gunfire — and suspects remain at large

Two detectives in Camden, New Jersey, were ambushed by two assailants as they sat in their car at a red light Tuesday evening. One detective sustained a gunshot wound to the hand, and the other was shot in the arm. (Image source: KYW-TV video screenshot)

Authorities are reportedly seeking two suspects in an ambush-style shooting of two Camden, New Jersey, detectives while they sat in their car on Tuesday night.

What are the details of the incident?

The purported attack occurred as the two detectives — a male and a female officer — sat at a red light in Camden County.

The light gave two shooters — both identified as male — the opportunity to fire a hail of bullets at the detectives before fleeing.

“They were essentially ambushed,” Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said, according to KYW-TV. “A male walked up and began opening fire, anywhere between 10 to 25 rounds.”

The detectives were both in plainclothes and were in an unmarked vehicle. One of the detectives was able to return fire, KYW reported. It's unclear on whether either of the suspects were struck by the detective's bullets, the station said.

One detective sustained a gunshot wound to the hand, and the other was shot in the arm. Both officers were transported to Cooper University Hospital for treatment, and both have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

On Wednesday, Tap Into Camden reported that the two suspects  walked up on the officers as they sat in their vehicle and fired the shots into the car's windshield and at close range.

What else?

The ambush-style shooting occurred on the community's National Night Out, an event intended to bring law enforcement and their communities together.

The suspects remain at large at the time of this writing.

Authorities ask that anyone with information on the attack to call Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Vince McCalla  at 856-225-8569.

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