Tennyson D. Fairclough, 37, of Old Bridge is imprisoned and faces a number of charges including first degree Attempted Murder after allegedly shooting a man at the Masonic Lodge in Aberdeen Thursday.

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Fairclough was arrested by Aberdeen Police on Saturday December 24 and processed at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution where he is being held on $1,500,000 bail with no option for a 10-percent bail, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office.

Investigators say the suspect approached a car with the victim, a 32-year old from Somerset, inside along with a woman who both me knew and began shooting at them with a handgun and hitting the male in an unspecified area.

Both the Somerset man and the woman in the car fled from the scene as Fairclough followed after the female firing at her.

The shooting victim went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was later released, the woman was unharmed and Fairclough fled the area.

Charges facing Fairclough are two counts of first degree Attempted Murder which carries a 20-year state prison sentence for each count, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and second degree Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon, which all carry a 10-year state prison term.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and police ask anyone with any information to call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kevin Condon at 1-800-533-7443 or Aberdeen Township Police Department Detective Anthony Valentino at 732-566-2054.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

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