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3 sought in hit, run of Camden fire chief

Three males are being sought in connected with a hit-run on an SUV being driven early this morning by a Camden City fire battallion chief.

The crash occurred at Kaighns Ave. and Louis St. in Camden shortly before 12:10 a.m, according to officials, as Battalion Chief Mark Harper was headed back to the station after checking on an alarm call. Mark Harper is brother of City Fire Chief Michael Harper, who ended up responding to the incident.

According to Chief Harper, his brother was in a city-owned Ford Expedition at a stop sign when a white Mitsubishi struck. The force spun the Expedition, which then flipped on it side.

The driver and occupants of the Mitsubishi fled.

"He's my younger brother," said Chief Harper, "so it was kind of rough shooting over to the call for that."

Mark Harper was taken to Cooper Hospital University Medical Center. He was treated for bumps, bruises, and inuries to his right shoulder and left elbow, as well as shattered glass that had penetrated his skin.  He was released about 3:30 a.m.