Authorities Investigating Fatal Shooting Of Lakewood Man In Neptune

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LAKEWOOD – On May 15 at approximately 12:37 a.m., the Neptune Township Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired in the Jumping Brook Apartments West located on Route 33 in Neptune.

As a result of the call, officers from the Neptune Township Police Department responded and located a gunshot victim, 41-year-old Mark Ruffin, Sr. of Lakewood, lying on the ground within the complex. The officers immediately began rendering first aid while awaiting the arrival of medical personnel. The victim was then transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. Despite life-saving efforts, he was pronounced dead at 2:47 a.m.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and a joint investigation with the Neptune Township Police Department was launched into the homicide. No arrests have been made as the investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about the homicide is asked to contact Detective Erick Amadruto of the Neptune Township Police Department at 732-988-8000, ext. 419 or 732-740-3232, or Detective Kevin Condon of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443.

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