Man Charged In Summer Shooting In Ocean County

James Bivins (Photo courtesy Ocean County Jail)

OCEAN COUNTY- An Irvington man has been charged in a shooting incident that occurred in South Toms River over the summer, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and South Toms River Police Chief William Kosh.

James Bivins, 26, has been charged with Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and being a Certain Person Not to Have a Weapon.

On July 10, 2019, South Toms River Police responded to a residence on Charles Drive for a report of shots fired. Further investigation recovered several shell casings at the scene. The shooter was not identified at that time.

On November 21, 2019, Bivins was arrested in South Toms River during an unrelated motor vehicle stop. He was found to be in possession of heroin, cocaine, and a loaded .40 Caliber Taurus Semi-Automatic handgun.  Bivins was then arrested and charged with narcotics and weapons offenses.

Further investigation and testing of the handgun found in Bivins’ possession determined that it was, in fact, the weapon utilized in connection with the July 10, 2019 shooting in South Toms River. 

   Bivins is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.