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Boy, 10, Killed, Mother Shot in New Jersey Shooting Not Intended Targets, Prosecutors Say

What to Know

  • A 10-year-old boy was killed and his mother was wounded in a shooting Wednesday night in New Jersey.
  • Prosecutors say the two victims were not the intended targets in the Asbury Park shooting and that the gunman was going after somebody else.
  • Officials still haven't disclosed a motive for the deadly double shooting.

Authorities say a gunman who shot and killed a 10-year-old boy and wounded his mother at their New Jersey home was trying to hit someone else when he opened fire.

But officials haven't disclosed a motive for Wednesday night's shooting in Asbury Park.

A 16-year-old Neptune Township boy was arrested Thursday and charged with numerous counts, including murder and aggravated assault. But authorities believe he was an accomplice of the shooter, who remains at large.

Monmouth County prosecutors have released few details on the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation. But they say the shooter was gunning for a man who lived in the same Ridge Avenue home as the two victims.

The 10-year-old boy died shortly after the shooting occurred, while his 39-year-old mother was treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries. Their names have not been released.

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