Man was ‘recklessly handling a firearm’ before deadly shooting, prosecutor says


Authorities said Tuesday that a 45-year-old man has been charged with a fatal weekend shooting in Freehold Borough.

Averin Cruz Jr. faces a manslaughter charge in the shooting that occurred around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the acting Monmouth County District Attorney, Laurie Linsky.

In a statement, Lenski said Cruz Jr. was charged with “reckless handling of a firearm, which was later discharged, and hitting the adult male victim during a small gathering.”

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