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UPDATE: Three Seriously Wounded During Ramada Inn Shootout In Toms River

As of 9:30 a.m., one victim was still in the operating room, a second was in critical condition and the condition of the third victim was unknown

Photo courtesy of The Lakewood Scoop
Photo courtesy of The Lakewood Scoop

Toms River police now say three people were shot early Wednesday during a "shootout" at the Ramada Inn on Route 9, according to police.

Three men were brought into Kimball Medical Center early Wednesday with gunshot wounds after police discovered a chaotic scene at the hotel, police said.

When police arrived, they observed four or five people climbing out of a second story hotel room window onto an adjoining roof. 

Emergency services were on the scene in the building MONOC1 and Southstar responded to airlift the victims.

No names of the victims were made available early Wednesday. As of 9:30 a.m., one victim was still in the operating room, a second was in critical condition and the condition of the third victim was unknown.

The victims were possibly shot during a fight at a New Year’s Party at a Ramada hotel in Toms River. One victim was reportedly shot in the foot, and one in the chest, according to The Lakewood Scoop.

A suspect driving a 4-door vehicle with a partial plate of ZVU, is being sought in connection with the shooting.

The Toms River Police Department issued a statement saying the shooting occurred at 12:55 a.m. at the Ramada near the Lakewood border.

The Toms River Police Department received a call via the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department 911 system. The unidentified caller stated there had been a shooting at 2373 Route 9 in Toms River.

The caller stated there was a shooting victim in one of the hotel rooms in the rear section of the building that contains suites, police said.

Several officers were first to arrive on scene when they encountered several people in the area screaming and yelling, police said.

The police entered the hotel room and found one victim lying on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound. They then found a second victim in another area of the hotel room. Both victims were transported to the hospital, police said.

Additional police officers from Toms River and the surrounding towns of Lakewood and Brick were dispatched to the scene as there were upwards of 30 people in the hotel and hallways and each of the rooms had to cleared for additional victims and suspects, police said.

As officers were on scene at the Ramada Inn, the Lakewood police contacted Toms River authorities and said there was another shooting victim at a hospital in Lakewood apparently driven there by private vehicle. 

Lt. Michael Brosnan of the department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, under the command of Captain Bruce Burgess, responded and coordinated the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this incident please contact Detective Hull of the Toms River Police Department at 732-349-0150 ext 1291.

Here is a cell phone clip of the Task Force and other emergency vehicles pulling up to the scene in Toms River, courtesy of The Lakewood Scoop.


Chief Wahoo January 01, 2014 at 10:37 AM
You are no longer safe in Toms River. Keep paying those ever increasing property taxes , it's just making the public takers rich. The sheep have been fleeced, but now it's time time the sheep get cut to the bone. Why is it only the bad guys and the overpaid guys in costumes are allowed to carry and protect themselves. Property taxes , mortgage, Obamacare , flood insurance, FEMA, food and gas inflation. How are you going to stay on the matrix hamster wheel in 2014 ?????
Isheet Mipants January 01, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Maybe they'll hire Rittacco back when he gets out too...what the heck ..Corzine might need some work too.Toms River Township should be renamed Kickback City...
Cardinal January 01, 2014 at 10:54 AM
nj.com says 3 shot, one taken to hospital by private car.
Sue January 01, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Even on New Year's Eve, don't ever mix drugs and SHOTS.
TRWatch January 01, 2014 at 12:05 PM
1/4 mill a year to protect the good people of Ocean County. http://www.app.com/article/20131231/NJNEWS2002/312310056/Michael-G-Mastronardy-Ocean-County-sheriff-get-256G-salary-pension?nclick_check=1
letsgetreal January 01, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Blahhhh blahhhhh blahhhhhh that is all I hear on here lately.....WHO cares how much money they paid the guy...honestly. The bottom line is TOMS RIVER is a CRAP HOLE.....Anymore! Its the FAULT of your local politicians People, of which we voted for. I laugh because if they offered me that kind of money I would take it and run laughing all the way to the bank, Honestly there is not one of you that would not take the money NOT ONE...am I defending it NO of course not but lets call a spade a spade shall we. And yes EVEN you CHIEF WAHOO Mr. Rebel Anarchist NUT JOB would take the money and your lying if you say you wouldn't. Blame the Politicians that don't make the necessary changes to alleviate the payouts. Hypocrisy at its finest. Focus....the story is about 3 scumbags that shot up a Hotel with guest that could have been innocent bystanders to the actions of a obvious Scumbag.
letsgetreal January 01, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Above said with a smile on my face....of course. Lighten up people.
Jimmy Esposito January 01, 2014 at 01:43 PM
In Short Lesgetreal is correct. Cosmo Kramer is wrong. Barabara is a breath of fresh air.:)
Cosmo Kramer January 01, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Yeah you are right Jimmy. I'm sure everyone will see the posts on here, come to their senses, and reduce the pay of the police chief. Good call...
Cosmo Kramer January 01, 2014 at 02:07 PM
I don't disagree with that theory, however it isn't going to happen. So bottom line is, like I said first of all, that money has nothing to do with what these "animals" are out there doing.
Isheet Mipants January 01, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Ever since Obama has been in office its been more of a "free for all" than ever before because they are free and "welfare " for all! So until they get a grip on the illegals and the free room and board homeys its never going to change.Hail to the Chief.....
diane January 01, 2014 at 02:18 PM
what about a recent suspicious death in the point o woods section of toms river...how come nothing has been said about that..maybe cause the estranged husband of the victim is a cop in toms river???? to much cover up crap around here
letsgetreal January 01, 2014 at 02:45 PM
@Jimmy Esposito Thanks Jim you obviously get it
I B buggin January 01, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Not much info, but....Its a better article than APP...
bayway mike January 01, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Our town has become the New Asbury Park.. With all the burglaries, druggies and now this.. The new 'Shithole At The Shore'.. I won't miss this town and this town won't miss me when I leave..
suz January 01, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Oh Tu Can Chu....I agree with you 100%!!! I've been saying the same thing for over a year now and some think I am just reading too much into his re-election. THANK YOU!!!!
Greg January 01, 2014 at 07:19 PM
This makes me laugh. There are many of you here complaining about what Mastro is making. Well, I don't hear anyone complaining about the fact that the Toms River Council has just voted into a resolution that they are able to keep their healthcare benefits. Let's see we have a Chiropractor who is collecting family benefits, a RETIRED Rear Admiral who is also a dentist who's wife is also a retired school teacher, a civil engineer who also has a family policy that is paid for courtesy of the taxpayers of Toms River. Who is really ripping off the taxpayers? Oh, wait let us not forget that for these people who have Council meetings twice a month also get a stipend for serving as a Council Member. So who has a better scam?
patch_reader January 01, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Will be paying the Mastro FAMILY pensions for the next 100 years. Just look how many are on payroll. Enjoy!!!
chris Christie January 01, 2014 at 11:40 PM
Toms River started the New Year with a bang!!!
1stcav January 02, 2014 at 06:13 AM
Politically connected and VOTED into office YET again, by who ??? YOU !!!!!!!!!!!! And YOU who didn't vote let it HAPPEN ! So look into the mirror, YOU are the problem..get out and DO your job by voting them out ! You let it happen .....
Greg January 02, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Ahhhh 1stcav, I did go out and vote against the person who I could. I also attend the Council Meetings and fight against this yahoos for the others who are either to LAZY or who are out working trying to keep a roof over their heads. How about you?
grace January 02, 2014 at 10:38 AM
hey @ chief you need to get with the new lingo- its the affordable care act..no longer acceptable to call it obama care....can you imagine my ins broker told me that today..they had to have meetings re this and everyone was told to use the affordable care act not obamacare....thanks government
grace January 02, 2014 at 10:46 AM
hi @ letsgetreal i care about the amount of money..hey maybe im just jealous lol
grace January 02, 2014 at 10:48 AM
amazing stuff @ diane
diane January 03, 2014 at 01:28 PM
any new updates on this story or has the snow over shadowed it already....who were the people , did they get the shooters, c'mon folks we live here and we would like to know whats going on
grace January 03, 2014 at 03:22 PM
hi @ dianne..happy new year!! only update was a gold mercedes was seen leaving the inn after the shootings and they talked about people climbing out of the 2nd story to escape.. thats it from good ole toms river....
charlotte January 03, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Toms River needs a Police Blotter like Lacey Twp. Everything is a secret in TR which made the top 10 in NJ for Heroin addiction. Not talking about the problem doesn't make it go away.
diane January 03, 2014 at 04:48 PM
amazing how a snow storm takes the focus off the real issues around here.....happy new year to you too grace
grace January 03, 2014 at 06:39 PM
@charlotte its because there is soooo much to hide..including who knows who and doesnt get in any trouble..just ask @ maruca he can verify alot..or should that be who knows whom??
1stcav January 04, 2014 at 06:59 AM
Greg: I did also, there's just not enough of us to change the political machine in OC..Grip and then Grip again ! Happy New Year to all and lets hope they get something right this New Year. We all are working to try and keep a roof over our head and tax dollars have to be spent wisely this year , not like drunken sailors at town hall...

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