According to a source who wished to remain anonymous, this is how the shocking story unfolded.
At approximately 9:30 PM Friday night, the victim was sleeping in bed, with an eight-year-old child sleeping in the same bedroom, near the victim.
Two other children were in another bedroom, playing a game.
The wife of the victim was in the bathroom, when the armed suspect – dressed in black from head to toe – suddenly forced his way into the bathroom, and put a gun to her face – she began yelling.
The yelling woke up her husband, and the suspect began shooting.
In an effort to protect his wife and children, the victim tried to tackle the shooter, but the shooter turned the gun on him and shot him several times – right in front of the eight year old boy. He died approximately 20 minutes later at Monmouth Medical Center in Lakewood.
The suspect is still on the loose.
The Prosecutor’s Office released the following statement this afternoon:
“Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced today that on Friday, June 21, 2019 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Lakewood Township Police responded to a residence in Lakewood for a report of a shooting inside the residence. Lakewood Township Police Officers found a 36 year-old male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the residence. The victim was transported to Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus where he was pronounced dead.
This is an active and ongoing investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Lakewood Township Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.”
Anyone with information is asked to call authorities immediately.
General Counsel for the Lakewood Board of Education, Michael Inzelbuch made the following statement to TLS:
“Condolences to the family. All 3 kids are OUR kids – Lakewood Public School kids – and we as a District and community will provide any and all assistance we can.”