16-year-old charged with murder in shooting death of 10-year-old in Asbury Park

By Noah Cohen | ncohen@njadvancemedia.com |

Authorities at a home on Ridge Avenue in Asbury Park early Thursday February 22, 2018.

A 16-year-old Neptune Township boy was charged with murder Thursday in an Asbury Park shooting that killed a 10-year-old boy and left the child’s mother wounded, authorities said.

Neither the slain 10-year-old nor his 39-year-old mother was the intended targets of the shooting, according to authorities. Instead, the prosecutor’s office investigation found that the shooter was gunning for a man who was in the same Ridge Avenue home as the two victims.

The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, was arrested without incident at Neptune High School on Thursday morning, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. He also faces aggravated assault, conspiracy and weapons charges in the slaying.

The 16-year-old is not believed to be the shooter and authorities were still searching Thursday night for the person who opened fire at the house, a law enforcement source told NJ Advance Media.

“The Prosecutor’s Office alerted both the school and the district to the impending arrest,” Gramiccioni said in a statement. “Due to school protocols, Neptune High School was briefly in a lockdown status following the arrest.”

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