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By Jenn Bernstein, Steve Beck, Jan Carabeo

VINELAND, N.J. (CBS) — Police in Vineland, Cumberland County are investigating a spate of violence that left two people dead and two injured.

Police are trying to figure out why this violence started and how a 21-year-old and a 39-year-old ended up shot and killed.

Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan Candelario is being remembered by family and friends as a life lost too soon.

“He would come around and play with my grandboys in the back yard, basketball with them,” the victim’s cousin Milka Rivera-Torres said. “It’s tragic. It’s sad and hurtful.”

Thirty-nine-year-old Arthur Rease succumbed to his injuries at Cooper Trauma Center after being shot in the back.

Police say the violent night began on Humbert Street.

A disturbance that started outside around 11:30 p.m. Sunday moved indoors when a group forcefully made their way inside an apartment there.

Police say those people ran before officers arrived.

“While patrol division and detective units were investigating that incident, a second report came in from Montrose Street where there were shots fired,” Det. Lt. Matthew Finley of Vineland Police said.

Officers responded to the 800 block of Montrose Street where they found two people shot. Candelario later died from his injuries at the hospital. Willie Rease Jr., 41, was also shot in the ear and was treated and released from the hospital.

Then at about 2:25 a.m., police responded to a home in the 500 block of East Park Avenue where they found two additional gunshot victims. One of the victims shot on East Park Avenue, a 39-year-old man, died as a result of his injuries late Monday night. A second person was shot in the foot and was driven to Cooper Hospital by ambulance.

Police say the bullets hit three out of four apartments there, including John Hanby’s.

“It hit the bathroom and was this far from the water tank on the toilet, it went into the shower hit the kitchen wall and went into the gas stove.”

Now investigators are trying to determine what set these events in motion.

“Retaliation, or was Humbert Street an ongoing incident from something previous,” Finley said.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vineland Police.

The investigation is ongoing.

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