Neptune, NJ – Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation will hold a part 2 to their meeting on the recent gun activity in Neptune. On Thursday, April 20th, the organization is asking residents to come to the Macedonia Baptist Church on Heck Avenue to discuss action plans to curb the recent surge of gun activity & violence in Neptune, particularly in the Midtown area.
The recent violence in Neptune has caused some concern within the community. At the end of February there was a robbery at a Chinese food restaurant on Route 33 by Jumping Brook Rd. The robber in a ski mask and dark clothing robbed the restaurant, ordering a female cashier to hand over cash while threatening the staff with a revolver.
On February 23rd, people responded to gunshots on Squirrel Road around 7:15 p.m. An investigation revealed no shots were fired, but patrol officers and the Street Crimes Unit conducted a follow-up investigation that resulted in the recovery of a handgun and what they described as a large amount of marijuana. Five men were arrested and face gun and drug possession charges.
On February 4th a man was shot in the chest near Myrtle and Stratford avenues and was taken to the hospital with injuries considered non-life threatening. Violent crimes in Neptune Township have increased by 2.6 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to New Jersey state police records. That increase is from 4 incidents, from 154 to 158. That’s after a 14 percent jump in violent crime between 2014 and 2015, from 135 to 154 instances of violent crime.
On March 29th, there were reports that a gun pierced an empty car on Stratford Avenue.
At the previous meeting, community members hope to see more upper police officials and committee members at the meeting so that they can hear the concerns of the township first hand.