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Shooting in mall in Toms River, NJ leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

TOMS RIVER — A man is dead and another is in critical condition after an early morning shooting at a mall on Saturday.

According to the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office, gunfire erupted around 1:20 a.m. in the mall on the 1700 block of Hooper Avenue. Toms River Police arrived soon after and found three victims near the Top Tier Hookah Lounge in the square.

A 29-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene while another man of the same age was taken to hospital. He is in critical but stable condition, authorities said. The third victim, a 25-year-old man, was treated and released at the scene.

NBC 10 Philadelphia reported that a window was blown out during the shooting. Detectives were reportedly seen placing dozens of evidence markers in the parking lot outside the living room.

Officials said there was no danger to the public and an investigation was underway. The victims have not yet been identified.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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