PENNS GROVE — Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot a Penns Grove man numerous times early Thursday evening.

The victim, who is in his early 30s, was identified as Randy Haywood, according to Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan.

Haywood was shot in the parking lot outside of Penns Grove Food Mart at 63 East Main St. at approximately 6:10 p.m.

Haywood then reportedly ran west from the parking lot about half a block until he collapsed on East Main Street just across from Barber Avenue Park, according to authorities.

A crowd of people flooded into the street surrounding the victim as the ambulance and police arrived on the scene. About 40 others were lined up along the curb watching from across the street.

Haywood was then transported by ambulance to Penns Grove Middle School, from where he was flown by medical helicopter to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., to be treated for his wounds, Lenahan said.

Haywood suffered multiple shots to the body, according to the prosecutor.

His condition was not immediately available Thursday night.

A woman was seen running down East Main Street yelling, “not again, not again,” while others hugged and wiped away tears immediately after the shooting.

Numerous individuals surrounded the scene and several approached by a reporter declined comment.

Blood was splattered along the sidewalk near the food mart and police had taped off the crime scene on the side of the building.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, according to reports. He was seen wearing jean shorts, a white shirt and a mask.

Police were still canvasing the area late into the night Thursday. Penns Grove police, with assistance from the Salem County Prosecutor’s Office and the Salem County Sheriff’s Office, were investigating the case.

Authorities said they did not know what the motive for the shooting was.

Several witnesses were interviewed by authorities at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Det. Rich Ware or Det. Elliot Hernandez at 856-299-0304.


Original article in by staff writer Brittany M. Wehner –

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