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Camden Records 13th Murder In Month, Setting Record

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CAMDEN, N.J. -

It has been a violent month in Camden. The death of a second victim in last night's shooting has pushed the homicide count for July to 13, which is a new record for the city.

The double-killing happened around 10:15 p.m. on the 1100 block of Mechanic Street.

One person was pronounced dead at the hospital about 20 minutes later. News of the second death just four minutes later wasn't confirmed by authorities until Monday afternoon.

The deceased were identified as Jermaine Morris, 30, and John L. Samuels, 38, both of Camden.

Anyone with information on the shooting is urged to contact Camden County Prosecutor's Office or police. Tips may also be sent to ccpotips@ccprosecutor.org.

Back in 1995, Camden – long known as the nation's most dangerous city – had its deadliest year with 58 murders.

The 2012 homicide count stands at 39, so that record could be shattered, FOX 29's Steve Keeley reported.

In several recent homicide cases, the victims have been armed and shootouts occurred in daylight hours.

There's now talk again about a countywide police force. Right now, there are about 250 police officers in Camden, after recent layoffs depleted the force and diluted the morale.

A countywide force, officials say, could put more than 400 officers on the street.

Last week, Mayor Dana Redd said she was going to push for a quicker resolution on the question of a countywide police force. She's hoping to get an answer by August, Keeley reported live from Camden on Monday morning.

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