A Neptune man is being charged with two counts of first degree attempted murder among other offenses upon his arrest for the October 15 shooting of two men in Asbury Park, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni.

The shooting at the Asbury Park Gardens residential housing complex on Atlantic Avenue around 9:08 pm left 18-year old Xavier Harbison with an injury to his hand and a juvenile paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury.

Both victims were hospitalized at Jersey Shore University Medical Center following the shooting and response by emergency respondents.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and the Asbury Park Police Department began led to the identification of 19-year old Marcus Paschal as the individual responsible for the shootings.

The investigation is being led by Detective Brian Weisbrot of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and Detective Thomas Gogan of the Asbury Park Police Department.

Paschal is charged with two counts of first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, in connection with the shooting of Harbison and a juvenile male, both of Asbury Park.

Anyone with additional information about this shooting is urged to call Detective Weisbrot at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Gogan at 732-774-1300.

If convicted of Attempted Murder, Paschal faces 20 years, on each charge, in a New Jersey state prison without parole.

The Attempted Murder charges are subject to the provisions of the "No Early Release Act" (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole.

He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

If convicted of the second degree weapons offenses, Paschal faces a sentence of up to ten years in prison on each charge.

Paschal is scheduled to have his First Appearance and Detention hearing on November 5 before Judge Ellen Torregrossa-O'Connor, where he will be formally presented with his charges.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Bogner.

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