UPDATED 10:15 AM: The following statement regarding this morning’s shooting was just released by Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little, who had been serving as Chief for 55 minutes when the shooting occurred.
The Toms River Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at 12:55 AM on January 1, 2014 at the Ramada near the Lakewood border. The Toms River Police Department received a call via the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department 911 system. The unidentified caller stated there had been a shooting at the Ramada Inn located at 2373 Route 9 in Toms River. The caller stated there was a shooting victim in one of the rooms at the hotel which was later determined to be in a rear section of the hotel containing suites.
Officers Herr, Robertazzi and Pedalino were first to arrive on scene and they encountered several individuals in the area screaming and yelling. They also observed four (4) or five (5) people climbing out of a second story hotel room window onto an adjoining roof. They entered the hotel room and found one victim lying on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound. They then found a second victim in another area of the hotel room. Both victims were transported to a local trauma center.
Additional police officers from Toms River and the surrounding towns of Lakewood and Brick were dispatched to the scene as there were upwards of 30 people in the hotel and hallways and each of the rooms had to cleared for additional victims and suspects.
As officers were on scene at the Ramada Inn, the Lakewood Police Department contacted this department and advised there was another shooting victim at a hospital in Lakewood apparently driven there by private vehicle. Lt. Michael Brosnan of the department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, under the command of Captain Bruce Burgess, responded and coordinated the investigation.
As of 9: 30 a.m., one victim is still in the operating room, a second is in critical condition and the condition of the third victim is unavailable at this time.
No suspects were located at the hotel, the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding this incident please contact Detective Hull of the Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150 ext 1291.
Cell phone clip of the Task Force and other emergency vehicles pulling up to the scene in Toms River.
Sources tell TLS the victims were shot during a fight at a New Year’s Party at a Ramada hotel in Toms River.
One victim was reportedly shot in the foot, and one in the chest.
One of the victims may be airlifted, sources say.
It’s unclear at this time if there are any other victims involved.
A suspect driving a 4-door vehicle with a partial plate of ZVU, is being sought in connection with the shooting.