Burlington County

Gunman Accused of Killing Teen Boy, Injuring Teen Girl at NJ Home

Kai Johnson faces murder and attempted murder charges in the Oct. 18, 2021 shooting inside a Browns Mills, New Jersey, home that left 17-year-old Malachi Treherne dead

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A week after a 17-year-old boy was gunned down in the doorway of a New Jersey home and a 17-year-old girl was shot in the chest, an 18-year-old man is accused of pulling the trigger.

Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township Police Chief David King announced murder and attempted murder charges Monday against 18-year-old Kai Johnson in the Oct. 18 shooting at the home on Snow Avenue in Browns Mills.

Officers had found 17-year-old Malachi Treherne shot in the head in the doorway of the Snow Avenue home where he was staying, authorities said. Police also found a 17-year-old girl suffering from a gunshot wound to her chest. She was rushed to a Trenton hospital where she was treated and released.

Within hours of the deadly shooting, investigators said "that this incident was not a random shooting."

On Monday, investigators explained that Johnson and Treherne were arguing inside the Snow Avenue home before Johnson pulled out a gun and shot Treherne twice in the head and the woman at least once in the chest.

A 2-year-old boy was among the other people in the home at the time of the shooting, police said.

Johnson turned himself in on Friday to face first-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, child endangerment and weapons charges. He had his first court appearance Saturday and remained jailed in Burlington County awaiting a detainment hearing.

It wasn't clear if Johnson had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

This case is expected to be presented to a grand jury for possible indictment, authorities said.

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