A Maryland man hired to perform as a DJ at an event in Howell was shot in the abdomen around 12:30 am Thursday morning as he was awaiting payment at the High Point Condominium Complex in Lakewood.

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The 23-year old was instructed to be at the Complex following his event so he could be paid for his services.

As he and a 23-year old woman sat in the car were approached by who they described to police as two black males opened their door and demanded their belongings, according to Lakewood Police.

When the Maryland man refused he was shot once in the abdomen, and then gave over his wallet which carried about $15 and their cell phones before the men fled on foot.

The woman then drove the wounded Maryland man to Monmouth Medical Southern Campus but was later transferred over to Jersey Shore Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

The incident remains under investigation by police who ask that if there's anyone with information, contact Detective Charles Messer at 732-363-0200.

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