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Freehold Borough Man Charged In Asbury Park Shootings

A Freehold Borough man is being charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with Thursday’s shootings in Asbury Park.

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni says 30 year old Jamar Walker turned himself in at the Freehold Police Department after the incident on Mattison Avenue Thursday evening.

Police say Walker shot Orlando Rowe, 30, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and a 23 year old Freehold Borough man, who were found lying in the street when police arrived around 7:20 p.m.  Rowe was later pronounced dead at a local hospital; the other victim underwent emergency surgery and was in intensive care Friday.

The investigation revealed that Walker and the two victims met in Neptune Township earlier and traveled to Asbury Park where they had a verbal argument while standing outside of a car.  During the argument, Walker drew a gun and shot the two victims. Investigators have concluded that the incident is not gang-related.

Walker is charged with murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. His bail was set at $1,500,000 with no 10% option.  If convicted of first-degree murder, Walker faces a maximum of life in prison or a minimum of 30 years in State prison before he is eligible for parole.

The investigation is on-going.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Jose Cruz at 800-533-7443, or Asbury Park Detective Steven Ramseur at 732-502-4587.

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