Man Shot in Head After Gunman Fires Multiple Shots into Car in Downtown Toms River, in Critical Condition, Gunman At Large


TOMS RIVER, NJ – Two men were leaving the Toms River Apartments complex on Main Street in Toms River when an unidentified gunman fire shots into their car, striking one occupant in the head.  Police say the gunman is still on the loose but poses no further threat to the community.  The incident happened at 8:30 pm Sunday night and the victim was identified as Javon Cutler, 19, of Bayville.  Police at this time released little information on the shooting.

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“Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Toms River Township Chief of Police Mitch Little announced that on October 11, 2020, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Toms River Township Police responded to Community Medical Center for a report of a male victim with a gunshot wound to the head.  The victim has been identified as Javon Cutler, age 19, of Bayville,” the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office reported.

“An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Toms River Township Police Department, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that on October 11, 2020, at approximately 8:15 p.m., Mr. Cutler and two friends were leaving Toms River Apartments located on Main Street in Toms River, when an unknown individual opened fire on their vehicle. Mr. Cutler, who was seated in the rear passenger seat, was struck in the head as a result.  The driver of the vehicle drove directly to Community Medical Center.  Mr. Cutler was subsequently transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center, where he is currently listed in critical condition,” the release continued.

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“Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Little would like to emphasize that this is an active and ongoing investigation and that there is no known danger to the public at this time.  Anyone who has any information concerning this investigation is urged to contact Detective Denis Mitchell of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027, or Detective Jennifer Grob of the Toms River Township Police Department at 732-349-0150,” the department said.