Man, 77, Shot, Killed in Rural NJ Town

First murder in small Atlantic County community since 1999

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    John Kingsbury was found suffering from gunshot wounds in a Mullica Township, N.J. home police said. Kingsbury was later pronounced dead at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus. (Published Monday, Feb 6, 2012)

    The murder of a 77-year-old man has rocked a rural Atlantic County community.

    Around 3 p.m. on Sunday, relatives found John Kingsbury suffering from gunshot wounds inside their Woodland Avenue home, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.

    Neighbors say Kingsbury's grandchildren and son were among the family members who made the shocking discovery.

    "They must've seen him lying in the foyer," said Kingsbury's neighbor Howard Abbott. "The kids went crying next door to the neighbor." 

    Kingsbury was later pronounced dead at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus, authorities said.

    An autopsy Monday revealed that he was shot twice and the death was ruled a homicide, prosecutors said.

    It's the first murder in Mullica Township since 1999.

    "I think he had emphysema or something, he wasn't really well," said Abbott. "But I can't imagine somebody wanting to shoot him. It just doesn't make sense."

    "This doesn't happen around here," said another resident. "That's what's weird about it."

    People in the neighborhood say Kingsbury recently moved to the house from out of state to live with his son.

    No arrests were made and investigators were working on possible suspects or motives. Investigators also say they don't believe anything illegal was occurring at the home.

    Anyone with info is asked to contact the County Major Crimes Unit at (609)-909-7666 or the Mullica Township Police Department at (609)-561-7600.


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