4 Arrested in Connection with Shooting of Random Bicyclist and Homeowner in Howell

HowellFour people were arrested in connection with driving around and shooting at random people in Howell, police said this afternoon. At approximately 1:44 p.m. on September 1, the Howell Township Police department received a phone call from a male victim who reported that he was riding his bike on Bergerville Road, just into Freehold Township, when a gold Nissan Altima pulled up to him, stopped in the roadway, and shot at him with a gun.

Because of the way the gun fired (noise/no muzzle flash), he believed it to be some type of BB gun or pellet gun. The projectile grazed his left calf, breaking the skin. He was able to provide a good description of the vehicle, it’s occupants and its direction of travel.

“As Officers were searching for the car, we received a 911 call from a male victim who was doing yard work in the front yard of a home on Gristmill Road when the same vehicle stopped in front of the house and an occupant fired three shots at him.” police said. “The victim took a direct hit from one shot. The other 2 missed him. The projectile completely tore away a 1 inch circular patch of skin from next to his collar bone. He was able to provide a description of the car, the occupants, a partial license plate, and it’s direction of travel.”

Sgt. Ron Rhein located the four male suspects in the vehicle at the WaWa at Rt 9 and White Street in Howell. The suspects were subsequently arrested. They are:

· Juwan Meredith, age 20 of North American Drive in Howell

· Khiry Carpenter, age 20 of Center Street in Freehold Boro

· A 16yo juvenile from Howell

· A 17 yo juvenile from Howell

The BB gun was recovered in the vehicle. It is a Tanfoglio 6mm air soft pistol. It strongly resembles a real firearm. Also located were 15 CO2 cartridges and a bag of BB’s.

All four were charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes. The two juveniles were lodged in Middlesex County YDC and the 2 adults were lodged in MCCI in lieu of $30,000 bail (each; no 10%). The vehicle, a 2003 gold Nissan Altima was seized for forfeiture.

“The suspects and victims do not know each other,” police said. “They were randomly targeted simply because they were there.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. kids looking for some mischief to entertain themselves. These teenagers-& hundreds more thoughout the state of NJ- need a place & a job to keep them busy & away from doing mischief.

  2. I WAS ONCE ATTACKED IN LAKEWOOD BY A CAR LOAD OF TEENAGERS FROM HOWELL.

    LPD DID NOT TAKE THIS SITTING DOWN.

    GREAT JOB HOWELL PD.

    A BB GUN SHOT IN THE NECK AREA IS DANGEROUS. THEY SHOULD BE TRIED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER.

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