UPDATE: 4-Year-Old Girl Shot in Asbury Park

Monmouth County law enforcement officials are asking for the publics' assistance to bring a shooter, responsible for causing serious injuries to a 4-year-old, to justice.

The shooting took place in Asbury Park on August 18, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Officials say at approximately 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday, a 4-year-old child was shot while sitting outside the family’s home on Boston Way.

The child was shot in the upper thigh area, breaking the femur bone. The injury is deemed serious, but non-life-threatening.

“Enough is enough,” Gramiccioni stated. “We have a toddler who was struck and injured by a stray bullet while sitting outside her apartment with her twin sister and other family members in the middle of the day. Thankfully, all indications are that the little girl will recover.

Unfortunately, though, this has not always been the case. In 2018, 10-year-old Yovanni Banos-Merino, lost his life while hiding under a bed from gunfire.

These senseless acts of violence must stop. We must do everything in our power to ensure that Monmouth County’s citizens, and their children, are safe and protected.

We are requesting the public’s assistance to help bring the perpetrator to justice for this heinous and monstrous act.”

The case is being investigated by members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Detective William Anton of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police Detective Dillon Gourley at 1-732-774-1300.