Man Hospitalized With Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Police investigate daytime burglary, arrest Manchester man on shoplifting charge

A township senior was hospitalized today after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach.

Police responded to a Baywood Drive home at 1:30 p.m. to tend to the victim, a 77-year-old man, Chief Michael Mastronardy said. The resident was cleaning out his closet and checked on his .357 handgun, but had difficulty with the slide, the chief said. In the process, he fired the gun into his stomach.

The resident was transported by Toms River EMS to Jersey Shore Hospital in Neptune. 


A Manchester man was charged with shoplifting after a theft at Pathmark this afternoon.

Officer Terry Warren was off-duty at 2:30 p.m. when he said he saw Michael Butterfield, 28, running from the Route 9 store with a cart full of groceries that weren't bagged.

Upon further investigation, Butterfield was found to have an outstanding $164 warrant out of Mount Laurel. He also was charged with shoplifting by investigating Officer Ron Sermarini.


Cardinal Drive residents were robbed of jewelry today when their home was burglarized.

Mastronardy said the residents' property was entered through the rear gate. The burglar(s) then entered their shed and removed a tool which was used to break a rear window to get into the home, the chief said. Jewelry was reported stolen.

Officer Robert Burczyk and Detective John Bajcic are investigating.


A single-car accident caused a fire hydrant to wash out a sidewalk this afternoon.

Mastronardy said a Toms River teen was westbound on Bay Avenue, heading toward North Tunesbrook Drive, when he lost control of his Land Rover and struck a curb and fire hydrant.

The impact of the collision activated the hydrant and resulted in water gushing onto the sidewalk and street. The road was temporarily closed to allow the water line to be repaired, Mastronardy said.

The teen driver wasn't injured.

KingNeptune September 20, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Revolvers have a slide??
. September 21, 2011 at 12:01 AM
It's electric! boogiewoogiewoogiewoogie!
Ken September 21, 2011 at 12:03 AM
a he didn't shoot himself into the stomach, it hit a little fat on the side. Get it right Patch
Scott B., Sr. September 21, 2011 at 01:48 AM
Good job Terrance!
Penileimplants September 21, 2011 at 11:39 AM
cucumbers always give me gas
Steve Domanski September 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM
a loaded .357 and he shoots himself.Way to go jacka$$
1stcav September 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM
77 yrs old , tries to get the saftey to the off position and the guns discharges and he wings himself ...this is why saftey coarses are given and seniors shoud be re-tested every so often to make sure they can still handle certain things..like weapons, pill contol ( RX's ) and driving a car ( truck ) what ever....Some can't handle that hospital bed any more...up-down ect...Check on Mom & Dad ...at home alone ! It's 10 PM , do you know if your parents are home and safe ???? Mc Gruff !
. September 25, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Some people, senior or not, need to be tested periodically for spelling also!
Steve Domanski September 25, 2011 at 01:22 PM
I removed my post.I only hope he gets the help he need before the next time!!
Penileimplants September 25, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Does it really matter WHERE he shot himself?
ballplayer September 25, 2011 at 04:14 PM
What does spelling have to do with anything on here? There are the same handful of folk's that post. If there are mor ethen 5 , I would be suprised.
ballplayer September 25, 2011 at 04:15 PM
My bad, mis-spelled words.
Mike Hunt October 13, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Is this the same guy who tried to kill himself in Waretown this past weekend? Give it up,your a failure @ death also !!!!!
Penileimplants October 13, 2011 at 06:43 PM


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