FREEHOLDDetectives are looking for a male suspect in connection with the shooting of an 18-year old Neptune City man that occurred on Thursday afternoon November 15th, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Marc Zayas, 18, of Long Branch, is charged with Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

Long Branch Police responded to a call around 12:01 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, for shots in the vicinity of 63 Morris Avenue. Police arrived to find an 18-year old male victim suffering from a gunshot to the back. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is currently in critical, but stable condition.

A joint investigation was immediately launched by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Long Branch Police Department. As a result of the investigation, Zayas, has been charged with the above listed offenses.  Efforts to locate Zayas are active and ongoing, and involve the collaborative efforts of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Long Branch Police Department, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and other Monmouth County law enforcement authorities.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni is urging anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Marc Zayas to come forward. “We are now asking the community for their help, in bringing Marc Zayas to justice,” Gramiccioni stated.  Gramiccioni warned that police are prepared to charge any individuals who play a role in obstructing the apprehension of Zayas or those who assist in concealing him from law enforcement officials.

The attached photograph of Marc Zayas is being released for the purpose of obtaining the public’s assistance with any information relating to Zayas’ whereabouts or this investigation.  Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Wayne Raynor at 800-533-7443 or Long Branch Police Department Detective Nicholas Romano at 732-547-3949.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous, but has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at  Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.