A juvenile has been charged with four counts of attempted murder, among other charges, in connection with Tuesday’s shooting on Lanes Mill Road that left another teen wounded.
Prosecutors in Ocean County announced Thursday afternoon that they had arrested the 17-year-old male. They did not divulge the suspect’s name or release his photograph.
Central to the investigation was footage from nearby residential security cameras, including Ring doorbell cameras. After piecing together evidence, authorities say they conducted a no-knock search warrant in Asbury Park Wednesday night, leading to the arrest of the juvenile.
Members of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Brick Township Police Department, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, and the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team participated. The juvenile suspect was taken into custody and transported to Brick police headquarters for processing before being transferred to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center.
A joint press release from the prosecutor’s office and Brick police did not say offer details into how police identified their suspect, nor did it mention whether there was any connection to a separate shooting that occurred over the weekend in the Briar Mills apartment complex, nearby the Tuesday shooting.
The teen suspect is charged with four counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.
The victim, a 16-year-old male, is expected to fully recover after what a source described as a graze wound to the shoulder he suffered while walking near Brick Memorial High School, at the corner of Lanes Mill Road and New York Avenue. Police have said the boy ran back to school after he was shot and was let in by another student. A crossing guard initially called 911.
The investigation included a slew of law enforcement agencies, including: the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit; Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit; Brick Township Police Department; Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit; Ocean County Sheriff’s Office; Toms River Township Police Department; Lakewood Township Police Department; Bay Head Borough Police Department; Point Pleasant Beach Police Department; Asbury Park Police Department; Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit; Monmouth County Emergency Response Team; Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office; New Jersey State Police; and New Jersey State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center.
“Were it not for the collective resolve, determination, and good old-fashioned police-work displayed by all the law enforcement personnel involved in this investigation, this subject would not have been brought into custody in such a prompt and expeditious manner,” stated Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer. “Chief Riccio and I are extremely grateful for the team-work exhibited by law enforcement agencies in both Ocean and Monmouth Counties. This collaboration will continue as we strive to make our streets and communities safer for our families and our children. We will not let this wanton disregard for the welfare and safety of our communities to become commonplace.”