Atlantic City Man Faces Multiple Charges After July Shooting Incident, Police Seize Drugs in Motel Arrest

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Police in Atlantic City have charged a New Jersey man, Ricardo Berrios, 37, in relation to a shooting incident that unfolded early this month, punctuating an already tense period marked by increased vigilantism in the area. The confrontation occurred on July 5, when local authorities responded to reports of gunfire shortly before 1 a.m.

Upon arrival at a residential area on South Florida Avenue, officers discovered a 53-year-old male resident with a gunshot wound. He was quickly tended to and transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where he continues to recover from injuries deemed non-life-threatening.

Investigative leads pointed to Berrios as a potential suspect, already detained on separate drug-related offenses. A strategic operation led by the Atlantic City Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit traced him to a motel room on Pacific Avenue. Subsequent surveillance efforts facilitated the coordinated arrest of Berrios, along with two associates, Jacqueline Kane and Jason Ekkers, who were also found to have outstanding warrants.

During the arrest, law enforcement officials confiscated substantial quantities of illicit drugs from Berrios and Ekkers. Found in Berrios’s possession were nearly 37 grams of cocaine and 73 packets of heroin, while Ekkers was found carrying smaller amounts of heroin and cocaine.

Berrios faces an extensive roster of charges, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, multiple firearms offenses, evidence tampering, and several counts linked to the possession and distribution of controlled substances. These charges were levied against him while he was detained at the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

On the other hand, Ekkers and Kane face lesser charges related to drug possession and contempt of court, respectively. All three individuals are currently being held at the Atlantic County Justice Facility as they await further legal proceedings.

This case has sparked discussions about the broader implications of drug-related violence and the accessibility of firearms in Atlantic City, a community already grappling with socio-economic challenges and a historically high rate of violent crime.

Authorities hope that these arrests will signal a turning point in local efforts to curb violence and narcotic distribution. However, community leaders emphasize the need for continued vigilance and community involvement to effect a lasting reduction in crime rates.