FREEHOLD, NJ — A 16-year-old male from Asbury Park has been arrested following a shooting incident on the city's boardwalk at the conclusion of its Fourth of July fireworks display, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Two people were injured in the shooting, which occurred at about 9:58 p.m., in the area of First and Ocean Avenues, causing panic among the throngs gathered for the beachfront fireworks, according to eyewitnesses.
The first victim — a 55-year-old woman who worked at a nearby boardwalk business — sustained a nonlife-threatening wound and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The second victim — a 25-year-old woman who was walking along the boardwalk when the gunshots rang out — refused treatment for a minor wound, the prosecutor’s office said in a release.
The juvenile was arrested with the loaded gun at the scene by Manalapan Police Officer Kyle Williams, who was working security for the fireworks at the time of the incident.
The teenager, whose name is not being disclosed because he is a minor, has been charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, but not with causing the injuries of the two women, as investigators await the results of a ballistic analysis, the office said.
Anyone who has information about the shooting but wishes to remain anonymous can call the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line at 1-800-671-4400 or can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637. They can also email the information to its website by clicking here. Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.
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