A young Morristown New Jersey man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after he allegedly committed shooting in Victory Gardens NJ on Saturday.
The violent incident took place at around 10:30 p.m. on June 25. Neighbors could reportedly hear screams coming from an apartment located on Roosevelt Avenue in Victory Gardens, New Jersey.
According to the Daily Record, a 20-year-old Wharton New Jersey man has been identified as the victim of the shooting. Although neighbors called 911 to alert the Victory Gardens Police Department to the shooting, an ambulance did not arrive in time to transport the victim to a hospital. Instead, the victim was taken by private car to St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover NJ, where he received medical treatment for his gunshot wounds.
The defendants in the case have been charged with attempted murder. Additionally, the defendants face various criminal charges for weapons offenses, including illegal possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose. These weapons offenses are governed by the Graves Act in New Jersey, which means that the defendants could be subject to mandatory prison sentences and parole ineligibility if they are convicted.
In New Jersey, attempted murder is one of the most serious criminal offenses. The crime of attempted murder is classified as a first degree felony that is punishable by 10-20 years in NJ State Prison. Moreover, because attempted murder is considered a violent offense, the charge is governed by the No Early Release Act (also known as “NERA”). The NERA imposes mandatory minimum terms of incarcerations for defendants convicted of certain violent crimes. For instance, in this case, the defendants could potentially be required to serve at least 85 percent of a prison sentence before they would become eligible for release on parole.
After being arrested and processed in connection with the shooting in Victory Gardens NJ, the defendant’s bail was set by a Morristown Superior Court Judge at the massive amount of $1 million.