A North Carolina man was arrested and charged Aug. 18 for the overnight shooting of a Neptune man, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Elijah “Streets” Graham, 27, of Bronco Lane in Fairview, North Carolina, was arrested around 4 a.m. Aug. 18 by detectives from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and members of the Asbury Park and Neptune Township Police Departments. He is charged with first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and second degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
Graham is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, in $500,000 bail with no option to post 10 percent, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen, J.S.C. At the request of Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Bogner, Judge Kilgallen also required a bail source hearing if Graham wants to post bail, and set the conditions of bail as no victim contact and no return to the scene of the crime. A bail source hearing is conducted at the request of the prosecutor or judge as a means to ensure that the funds used to post bail or secure a bail bond were not acquired as a result of criminal or unlawful conduct.
Asbury Park police responded to a 911 call at 10:01 p.m. Mon., Aug. 17 on the report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Summerfield Avenue. After police arrived on the scene, the victim, a 24-year-old Neptune man, was located at 1311 Washington Ave. with a single gunshot wound to his back. He was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune Township, where he was treated and released.
A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Asbury Park Police Department determined the victim was shot inside a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu parked along Summerfield Avenue.
If convicted of Attempted Murder, Graham faces up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison. If convicted of the weapons offenses, Graham faces a sentence of five to 10 years in prison on each count.