Detectives make second arrest in connection to Brick shooting
Ocean County detectives have made a second arrest in connection to last Tuesday's shooting near Brick Memorial High School, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer and Brick Police Chief James Riccio.
The 16-year old has also been charged with four counts of attempted murder and weapons offenses.
The juvenile is accused of four counts of Attempted Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1 and 2C:11-3a; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4a; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b.
With the apprehension of this juvenile, Ocean County law enforcement feels confident that all suspects associated with this shooting incident are now in custody.
On October 22, around 1:45 pm, Brick Police were summoned to Brick Memorial High School for a report of a student who had sustained a gunshot wound.
Their investigation revealed that the student was walking home from school with three friends when he was shot approximately one-quarter mile away from Brick Memorial and then ran back to the school for help.
Brick Police and school officials then locked down the high school as well as neighboring schools as a precautionary measure before determining there was no immediate danger to students.
The victim was treated at Ocean Medical Center in Brick Township and released.
An investigation was conducted by Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Brick Township Police Department, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, which led to the discovery of video surveillance footage from nearby residences.
The investigation revealed that this second juvenile was also involved in the October 22nd shooting near Brick Memorial, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He turned himself into the Brick Police Department and will be transported to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center pending a hearing.
“Our investigation has revealed that the suspects acted together and in support of one another in carrying out these acts of senseless violence,” Prosecutor Billhimer said. “The apprehension of the individuals in question is a perfect example of local, state and federal law enforcement officials working together to achieve a common objective -- removing bad actors from our streets. I cannot praise the teamwork of these law enforcement agencies enough. All the officers involved in this investigation should take great pride in the fact they have made the community safer and more secure. They have my profound gratitude.”
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