FREEHOLD — A Manalapan man has been charged in last night’s fatal shooting in Freehold Borough that took the life of an 18-year old man.

Lamin Conteh, 23, has been taken into custody on charges of first degree Murder, first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose and second degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey. 

 On August 23, 2021 at approximately 5:00 pm, the Freehold Borough Police Department received a 911 call of a reported shooting outside a Lloyd Avenue residence. Responding officers located Reashaun Billingsley, 18, as well as a second male victim inside the home. Billingsley was unconscious and had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.  He received emergency medical treatment and was transferred to Centra State Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 6:04 pm. The second male victim suffered a small graze wound to his leg.

An investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Freehold Borough Police Department revealed that Billingsley and the second  male victim had been sitting on the front porch outside the Lloyd Avenue home when a sedan approached them. At that time, the rear seat passenger, later identified as the defendant, started shooting at the two men, causing them to flee into the home after inflicting the fatal wounds to the victim.

Conteh was apprehended at approximately 2:10 pm this afternoon in Manalapan, and remains incarcerated pending a detention hearing to be scheduled in Superior Court. He faces a life sentence on these charges.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.