Two men charged with attempted murder in Asbury Park shooting
Two Monmouth County men have been arrested as part of an investigation into a shooting that occurred on Tuesday night in Asbury Park, Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni announced on Thursday.
Zyler Small, 18, Neptune and Malik Carey, 19, of Neptune City were found a short distance from where shots were fired around 10:32 pm near 2 Atkins Avenue within the Asbury Park Village housing complex.
City police arrived on the scene and found a 19-year old man who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
He was brought to the hospital by EMS and remains in critical but stable condition.
Small and Carey are being charged with first degree Conspiracy to commit Murder, first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Handgun for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, third degree Hindering Apprehension, fourth degree Obstruction, and fourth degree Possession of a large capacity magazine.
Both men are being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in Freehold Township pending individual detention hearings scheduled for June 10 before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon, J.S.C.
The case was investigated jointly by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Asbury Park Police Department’s Detective Bureau, as well as their Street Crimes and Patrol Units, the Neptune Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office.
If convicted of Conspiracy or Attempted Murder, Small and Carey face up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole, subject to the provisions of the "No Early Release Act" requiring them to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole.
They would also be under parole supervision for five years following their release from state prison.
If convicted of Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose or Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, each individual faces a sentence of five to ten years in prison subject to the provisions of the Graves Act, requiring them to serve a mandatory 42 months in state prison before becoming eligible for release on parole.
If convicted of Hindering Apprehension, each man faces three to five years in prison.
If convicted of either of the fourth degree crimes, each man faces up to 18 months in prison.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Detective Patrick Petruzziello of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Dillon Gourley of the Asbury Park Police Department at 732-774-1300.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Bogner.
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