Officers of justice: the Victim in the fatal shooting was not the intended goals

ASBURY PARK, N. J. – Authorities say a gunman who fatally shot a 10-year-old boy and wounded his mother in their New Jersey home was trying to hit someone else, when he opened fire.

But officials have not disclosed a motive for Wednesday night’s shooting in Asbury Park.

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

Monmouth County prosecutors have released few details about the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation. But they say that the shooter was gunning for a man who lived in the same house 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 unknown injuries. Their names have not been released.

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