Police: 4 total shootings related to recent Long Branch violence
News 12 is now learning there were four shootings in the Long Branch area that left four people injured and disrupted after-school activities.
The first shooting happened early Saturday morning on the 300 block of Waverley Place. According to police, two people targeted two others. Three people were shot and drove in private vehicles to hospitals, according to newly hired public safety director William Broughton.
The information was learned at Wednesday night's city council meeting. No explanation was given why this first shooting was not included in any of the press releases.
Police say three shootings happened Monday. The first happened around 2:45 p.m. near Halberton Place and North Fifth Avenue in Long Branch. Police say numerous bullets hit the home. No one was injured.
The second happened outside the QuickChek on Broadway in West Long Branch around 9:45 p.m. where a man was shot and driven to a hospital. The third took place on Long Branch Avenue.
Police say the three shootings are not random and the people involved were specifically targeted.
Because of the incidents, school leaders moved Friday night's homecoming game tentatively to Saturday morning. The game will also be played without fans. All middle and high school athletic games scheduled to play at home have been moved to away games. Evening and weekend activities have been canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual platform.
News 12 has also learned Asbury Park and Neptune police departments are part of the investigation, as well as the juvenile task force.
It’s the second time a homecoming game in Monmouth County has been postponed because of threats in the community -- last weekend's Asbury Park vs. Keansburg game was canceled on short notice.
So far, there has been no word on any arrests.