An Asbury Park man was arrested and charged with possession of an assault firearm, among other charges, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
According to police, Eshawn T. Richardson, 23, of Asbury Park, was arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (assault firearm), Possession of a Prohibited Weapons and Devices (large-capacity magazine), Obstruction, fourth-degree Resisting Arrest, and disorderly persons possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
Officials report that on Tuesday, September 29, Neptune Township Police Department responded to a 911 call of shots fired at approximately 12:10 a.m.
Officers arrived and began an investigation, which subsequently led to the recovery of an American Tactical Mil Sport rifle loaded with .223 rounds and other evidence on a trail between Sunshine Park and Graham Avenue.
Officers located Richardson in close proximity to the trail. Richardson fled from the officers on foot but was taken into custody a short time later.
A joint investigation was thereafter conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Neptune Township Police Department. The investigation revealed that while no victims were injured, a residence on the opposite side of State Highway 18 was damaged by gunfire around the same time.
The shooting of the residence remains under investigation, and anyone with information regarding the case can reach out to Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Daniel Newman at (800)-533-7443 or Neptune Township Police Detective Mysonn Ledet at (732)-988-8000 x420.