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Man Trying to Kill Ex-Girlfriend Shoots Man in the Head Inside Restaurant in Long Branch

Long Branch

A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting Tuesday afternoon in Long Branch, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department revealed that a 911 call was received yesterday at 3:15 p.m. regarding a shooting inside of the restaurant. At the same time, a passerby flagged down an officer from the Long Branch Police Department who was driving nearby.

That officer immediately responded to the restaurant, and upon entering found several people involved in a violent struggle with Camara, attempting to subdue him and take Camara’s gun away from him.

As the officer tried to apprehend Camara, he attempted to grab the officer’s firearm but was unsuccessful in doing so. Other officers quickly arrived, and Camara was taken into custody without further incident.

The investigation disclosed that Camara walked into the restaurant and approached a table where the victim was seated with Camara’s ex-girlfriend and several members of her family, in violation of an existing restraining order.

Officials say Camara then fired at Moreira, striking him in the head. A struggle then ensued between Camara, other members of Moreira’s party, and another restaurant patron. During that struggle, Camara attempted to kill his former girlfriend but was unsuccessful in doing so, and she was uninjured. Camara’s ex-girlfriend and the others then tried to subdue and hold Camara until Long Branch Police arrived on scene.

According to authorities, Moreira was pronounced deceased at 3:38 p.m. at the scene.

If convicted of Murder, Camara faces a minimum sentence of 30 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Police charged Miguel Leal Camara, 40, of Long Branch, with first degree Murder, first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, second degree Disarming a Law Enforcement Officer, and fourth-degree Contempt – Violating a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, in connection with the fatal shooting of 45-year old Marco Antonio Rosa Moreira, of Oakhurst.

If convicted of Attempted Murder, Camara faces 20 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole. Both the Murder and Attempted Murder charges are subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

If convicted of the second-degree weapons offenses and disarming a law enforcement officer, Camara faces a sentence up to ten years in prison on each charge.

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