Toms River Man Indicted In Connection With Westgate Shooting

A Toms River man was indicted in connection with the shooting that occurred in Westgate earlier this year.

Million Brown-Bey, 47, of Toms River, was indicted by a Grand Jury sitting in Ocean County on charges of Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and being a Certain Person Not to Possess a Firearm.

On January 7, 2024, the Lakewood Township Police Department received a 911 call reporting gunshots in the area of the West Gate Shopping Complex. A short time after the 911 call, a 27 year-old male victim arrived at Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center in Brick Township with gunshot wounds to both of his arms. The victim was treated for his injuries and released.

A subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Lakewood Township Police Department Detective Bureau revealed that the victim arrived at a residence on Hillside Avenue, at which time an individual approached his vehicle and fired at least one round – striking the victim, causing injury to both of his arms. The victim was able to leave the area and drive himself to the hospital. Through further investigation, law enforcement identified Brown-Bey as the individual responsible for the victim’s shooting.

On January 11, 2024, Brown-Bey was taken into custody by Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit and Lakewood Township Police Department. Brown-Bey was transported to the Ocean County Jail, where he has been lodged since his apprehension.

Prosecutor Billhimer acknowledges the diligent efforts of Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Mara Brater who presented the case to the Grand Jury on behalf of the State, and commends the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs/Intelligence/Homeland Security Squad, Lakewood Township Police Department, Lakewood Township Police Department Detective Bureau, South Toms River Police Department, Lakehurst Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, for their collective and cooperative assistance in connection with this investigation.

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