By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr.
Long Branch – The Fourth of July fireworks started early in the area of Franklin Avenue, as shots rang out at 6:00 a.m. on Friday morning.
Jason Roebuck, Public Safety Director for the City of Long Branch, stated that his officers were responding to a report of shots fired in the area of Damiano’s Funeral Home, which is located at 191 Franklin Avenue.
Long Branch Police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating the shooting. Early Friday morning crime scene investigators were on their hands and knees going looking for evidence in the area of the shooting. As of 9:00 a.m. the area still had yellow police tape securing the scene.
Charles Webster, public information officer for the prosecutor’s office, stated that the victim was 25-years old and a resident of Long Branch. “He was accompanied by a 20-year old friend from Asbury Park,” said Webster. Law enforcement have not released the name of the victim or his friend, but stated the shooting occurred at 6:18 a.m. “The victim was transported to a local hospital for gunshot wounds to the right arm and the right side of his back. It is believed that the victim was shot one time. The injury is non-life threatening.”
Neptune police were also investigating an early morning shooting on July 4th. It was reported that a shot was fired into an unoccupied apartment around 1:30 a.m. on the 1200 block of West Lake Avenue.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact either the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000, press “0” and speak with the dispatcher or call the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443.
People who wish to remain anonymous can use the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400, text “MONMOUTH” plus the tip to 274637, or e-mail the tip via the website: www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com
This is an active investigation and story, as soon as we have more information we will update it here.