Manhunt On For Shooting Suspect, One Arrested

Nagee Covington and Shakem Hunley. Hunley is still wanted by police. (Photos courtesy Ocean County Jail/Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office)

  SOUTH TOMS RIVER – One man remains jailed after being charged with multiple crimes involving a shooting on Aug. 25 while a second man facing similar charges remains at large according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Bilhimer and South Toms River Police Chief William Kosh.

  Nagee Covington, 19, Lakewood was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of an aggravated assault violation, one count of unlawful possession of a weapon violation. He was taken into custody and is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail.  Covington was arrested at his residence by Lakewood Police.

  Shakem Hunley, 24, Freehold also faces three counts of aggravated assault, one possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of unlawful possession violation. A warrant is out for Hunley’s arrest.

  South Toms River police responded to a residence after receiving a 911 call and they found a man who had been shot in the leg. The victim was sent to Jersey shore University Medical Center, Toms River for treatment.

  Police also found a female victim at the scene who was physically assaulted.

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  The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit joined officers of the South Toms River Police Dept., Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigations Unit and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Lakewood Police, Lakewood Police Special Response Team and Freehold Borough Police concerning the case.

  “The residents of South Toms River should not have to worry about their neighborhoold turning into O.K. Corral,” Bilhimer said.

  Bilhimer added, “I’m relieved that one individual is in custody but our job is not done. We need to find Shakem Hunley and restore a sense of peace on South Toms River.”

  Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Hunley should contact Detective Denis Mitchell of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit at 732-929-2027 ext. 2476.