LONG VALLEY, NJ -- A woman formerly of Livingston was hospitalized after a shooting that has been termed a murder attempt by authorities Wednesday afternoon in a farm in Morris County
According to several published reports, the victim, Lauren Kanarek, sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Kanarek, a 1998 Livingston High School graduate, has a present home address in North Carolina.
Michael Barisone, 54, of West Mill Road, Washington Township, has been charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses in connection with an incident, according to a release from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. Barisone was a member of the U.S. dressage team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is now an equestrian coach. The incident occurred at Hawthorne Farm, an equestrian training center.
According to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, "at approximately 2:13 p.m. on Aug. 7, police received a 9-1-1 call requesting service at 411 West Mill Road for a female with gunshot wounds. Washington Township Police responded to the scene and located one female who had sustained what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. The Defendant, Michael Barisone, and a second male victim were also located at the scene. A handgun was also recovered."
Barisone has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, crimes of the first degree, and two counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, crimes of the second degree.
Kanarek's present condition has not been released. She was taken to Morristown Medical Center Wedenesday afternoon, according to authorities quoted in several published reports. Kanarek has won medals in national equestrian competitions.
If anyone has any information related to this investigation, they are encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at (973) 285-6200, or the Washington Township Police Department at (908) 876-3232.