Suspects In June Toms River Shooting Nabbed
Flight from prosecution ends after a month and a half on the lam for two men believed to be involved in a shooting at a Toms River party back on June 29.
Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford says that Imere K. Meredith of Brick Township was arrested Wednesday in Neptune and charged with the attempted murder of Kevin Gadson. This morning, James Bivins III was apprehended and charged with unlicensed possession of a handgun.
Gadson was shot multiple times at a party on Gilford Avenue at about 11:21 on the late June evening. By the time township police responded, Gadson had already staggered to a nearby house in search of help. Investigators say that everyone at the affair had left the scene on foot and by car before they arrived.
In the course of their probe, detectives gathered information that placed Bivins at the scene of the shooting and in possession of a .45 caliber handgun. Charges were approved for filing July 18. An arrest warrant for Meredith was issued July 27.
Gadson recovered from the wounds but is still being treated
Meredith also faces two weapons possesion violation counts. He underwent his first appearance before Ocean County Superior Court Judge Ronald Hoffman Thursday. His $250,000 bail, set previously by Judge Francis Hodgson, was continued.
Bail for Bivins was set at $25,000.
The investigation is continuing. If you have information related to the incident that can help shed light on it, speak to Toms River Police Officer Duncan MacRae or Detective Roger Hull, 732-349-0150; or Ocean County Detective Raymond Gardner, 732-929-2027.
Also involved in the trackdown and arrests are Brick Township, South Toms River, Long Branch and Lakewood Police, the Ocean County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Unit, the county Prosecutor's High-Tech Crimes and Major Crimes Units, and the U.S. Marshall's Service.