A 12-year-old boy was shot to death in a hail of gunfire last night in Camden while sitting in a car parked in the Branch Village public housing complex.
The boy, James Coleman, was shot multiple times and died at the scene. Police were alerted to the shooting at 11:08 p.m., a time when many neighbors said they assumed the noise was fireworks.
It was unclear whether anyone else was in the car or whether the boy was the killer's intended target. Authorities described Coleman as a Camden resident and said he had run away from home and lived mostly unsupervised.