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Gunmen attempt a hit at South Jersey fast food restaurant

A 35-year-old South Jersey man was "very lucky" to have escaped with a gunshot wound to his left arm after being apparently targeted for assassination by two gunmen at a Lindenwold strip mall, police said.

The Sicklerville man emerged about 3:50 p.m. from a Crown Fried Chicken on the 200 block of E. Gibbsboro and climbed into his four-door Kia. As he pulled away from the strip mall, two masked men jumped out of a white Volvo and peppered the Kia with gunshots, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's office.

The victim, who was struck once, drove himself to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

"It's unlikely that it was a random shooting," Laughlin said. "He's very lucky to have managed to get away with only getting hit once."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office Detective Vincent McCalla at (856) 225-8569 or Lindenwold Detective Art Wall at (856) 784-7566. Tips may also be emailed to