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Four-Year-Old Shoots 6-Year-Old In The Head, Toms River Police Say

Victim is in stable condition after Monday evening incident, police said

Toms River Police are investigating a Monday evening shooting at a Cedar Grove residence where a 4-year-old accidentally shot a 6-year-old in the head, according to officials. 

The shooting occurred in the yard of the 4-year-old before 7 p.m. Monday, according to Toms River Chief of Police Michael Mastronardy, who said that the boy obtained a .22 caliber rifle from inside the residence.

The 6-year-old was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune with a head injury and was in stable condition, the chief said. 

The shooting occurred in the Cedar Grove area of the township, according to Toms River schools Assistant Superintendent James Hauenstein, who received the news during a New Jersey School Boards Association meeting Monday night. 

Authorities were on scene at a McCormick Drive home Monday night and had the yard cordoned off with yellow tape. Toms River police and county vehicles remained on the scene.

Hauenstein said that the victim is a student at Saint Joseph's Grade School. He said that Toms River schools officials will be available to provide counseling services to students at Cedar Grove Elementary and Saint Joseph's. 

Toms River Police Department Detectives Louis Santora and Roger Hull are investigating along with the Ocean County's prosecutor's office and sheriff's department, Mastronardy said. 

Bronx April 11, 2013 at 12:29 AM
This conversation makes me feel like my head is going to explode, however, I just want to say that, in my opinion, Abby's comments are right on and present ideas worthy of consideration or debate. Unfortunately, many of the responses to her comments seem a bit antagonistic, condescending, and reactionary. Sad
letsallgetalong April 11, 2013 at 03:00 AM
When you get a chance could you publish the book of life you seem to live by. Also, any chance you could give us your address. I would like to see how you live. You seem to have a lot of opinions on what is right and wrong. I'm willing to bet you are nothing like the person you try to portray. Social media has made it easy for fools to voice an opinion without any substance to back it up.
Will April 11, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I think you believe a four year old can learn all that....they are just beginning to try and comprehend Phonics. Maybe, this tragic incident will make the gun owners responsible.
Dame Bridgid April 16, 2013 at 04:15 AM
You teach a toddler not to touch the stove... It is dangerous, & they could bet burned. Safety is safety. At least is gives a better chance than doing nothing to prevent it.
Dame Bridgid April 16, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Sorry, that should read "be burned".

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