Gloucester County NAACP investigating shoplifting shooting that left 1 dead

NAACP advocates say the facts of the police-involved shooting raise eyebrows.

Cherri Gregg
June 13, 2018 - 3:00 pm

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GLOUCESTER COUNTY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The Gloucester County NAACP announced it will investigate the police-involved shooting at a Deptford strip mall that left a shoplifting suspect dead. 

The facts of the weekend shooting still raises concerns.

"How did it get from a petty theft to a killing?" asked Loretta Winters, president of the Gloucester County NAACP. She said the group has received numerous calls from area residents and advocacy groups demanding answers.

"They want to know what happened, what were the intentions," she added, "but who knows what the intention was because the person's dead right now, and it's a mess."

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According to a statement released by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, Deptford Township police encountered three suspects committing theft at the Marshalls on Bridge Road on June 9.

Police said two of the suspects, both women, got in a vehicle and charged the officers. 

One officer, a patrol captain, was allegedly struck by the vehicle's open door. A second officer, a sergeant, fired three shots at the driver's side of the car, striking 36-year-old LaShanda Anderson twice. She died at the scene. 

The second suspect, Chanel Barnes, 27, of Philadelphia, was arrested and has been charged with shoplifting. The third suspect, Raoul Gadson of Philadelphia, who is charged with robbery and assault, remains at large. 

No officers were injured during the incident.

Winters said the facts of this case raise eyebrows.

"I know no one wanted this to happen," she said. "We have a great relationship with our police department and prosecutor's officers, and I personally do not want see a great divide within our community. But when things like this happen, we have to do our due diligence."

Winters said the NAACP is contacting Anderson's family and will engage retired police officer who are members of the organization to help with the investigation.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s office is also investigating the shooting. KYW Newsradio did not receive a response from the office.