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Sep 18, 2020

Asbury Park Teen Shoots Brick High School Student, Faces 10-Year Sentence

Courtesy: RLS Media

Alonzo Legrande, 18, confessed to participating in the shooting a 16-year-old Brick Memorial High School student last year.

Legrande, of Asbury Park, was recently offered reduced charges if he was tried as an adult. As a result, he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He is now facing 10 years in state prison, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

Brick Township Police were called on Oct. 22, 2019 around 1:45 pm to a report of a student who had been shot. The student was walking home from school when his shoulder was grazed by a bullet. He ran about a quarter mile back to school and was let into the gymnasium.

As a precautionary measure, the school was locked down by police and school officials. The injured student was quickly transported to Ocean County Medical Center where he received treatment and was released.

Video surveillance footage from the area revealed the identities of Legrande and 16-year-old Luis Rivas, of Brick.

Rivas pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. At a court hearing, Rivas stated that he didn’t know Legrande brought a gun.

After a thorough investigation, it was revealed that Legrande was the one who pulled the trigger.

Authorities said Legrande and Rivas were intending to “get even” with boys from Brick by confronting them after a long string on conflict between the two groups.

Prosecutors are asking the Supreme Court to sentence Rivas to five years in state prison.

The prosecutors on the case thanked police from Asbury Park, Toms River, Brick Township, Bay Head Borough and Point Pleasant, along with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit.