By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr
Long Branch – Within 24 hours of a male being shot in front of the Crown Chicken and Long Branch Food Market on Broadway, police have one suspect under arrest.
Dyrell Stovall a/k/a “Nug”, 23, of Long Branch was arrested and charged with attempted murder and various weapons offenses following the August 20, shooting that occurred around 1:40 in the morning. “Detective Michael Verdadeiro of our department and Detective Kevin Condon of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office did an outstanding job taking the lead in this investigation,” said Jason Roebuck, Long Branch Public Safety Director.
Roebuck stated that the victim, who is 21-years old, is also a resident of Long Branch but would not elaborate on the number of gun shots or the caliber of the weapon used. However a written statement issued by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office stated the victim was shot multiple times and remains in an unnamed local hospital in stable condition.
According to reports a silver sedan, possibly a Nissan Altima with tinted windows was occupied with three or four black males with the driver as the suspected shooter. The driver, who is alleged to be Stovall, was said to be wearing a black athletic style t-shirt and a baseball hat with a red stripe, and leaned out the window and shot the male victim, who was not critically wounded. Witnesses told police that the car took off in the direction of Highway 36.
While officers were investigation that incident on Broadway, a second shooting was reported less than 60 minutes later on Long Branch Avenue. Roebuck added that the two investigations are ongoing and police have very good leads and information on the second shooting, but would not explain more. “The bail for Stovall is $950,000 with no ten percent option and no victim contact,” said Roebuck.
If convicted of the first degree crime of attempted murder, the maximum potential custodial sentence is a state term of up to 20 years. Charles Webster, Public Information Officer for the MCPO, said in an email, that any custodial sentence imposed for attempted murder would be subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act, meaning Stovall would be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.
The past two years have been very violent in Long Branch, with murders and shootings. Last week the police arrested Brian Farmer, 58, of Long Branch for a double murder. Roebuck credits the working relationship with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and his officer’s dedication to bringing closure to that murder as the reason Farmer was arrested with 13 days of the murder.