FREEHOLDA local man is in custody and criminally charged in connection with a nonfatal shooting that took place in Asbury Park last month, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced Wednesday.

Kenneth R. Bronson, 18, is charged with first-degree Attempted Murder and two related second-degree weapons offenses.

Shortly after 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, members of the Asbury Park Police Department responded to a report of a shooting on the 100 block of Langford Street. At that location, they found the shooting victim, an adult male, who was transported to Jersey Shore Regional Medical Center for emergency treatment.

A subsequent investigation by members of the MCPO Major Crimes Bureau and the Asbury Park Police Department resulted in Bronson being identified as a suspect in the case, and he was arrested without incident by members of the Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service early yesterday morning, Tuesday, April 5, in Brick Township (Ocean County). Bronson was subsequently lodged in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) pending a first appearance and detention hearing to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court.

Anyone with information about this matter is still being asked to contact MCPO Detective Matthew Delgado toll-free at 800-533-7443, or Asbury Park Police Department Detective Terrance McGhee at 732-774-1300.

This case is being prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Bogner. Information about Bronson’s legal representation was not immediately available.  

If convicted of attempted murder, Bronson would be subject to a term of up to 20 years in state prison. Despite the aforementioned pending 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.