HOLMDEL, N.J. — New Jersey State Police are still searching for a gunman who shot two people outside a J. Cole concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center Monday night.
The victims are in critical but stable condition at Jersey Shore Medical Center. An eyewitness to the shooting said it started after some young men made comments to a girl, while walking in the parking lot. The girl responded, said the witness, and a man she was with took out a weapon and started firing.
“The guy said something about putting him in a body bag,” said Michael Lefanto.
The gunfire erupted as the concert was letting out, and the parking lot was packed with patrons. Michael Lefanto was walking to his car with his 13-year-old daughter when he witnessed the altercation.
“I thought it was just fireworks, you know, it’s the summertime. But soon realized, when I turned and looked, that it was a guy with a gun. So I grabbed my daughter and we ran,” he said.
When he came back he saw two young men lying on the ground. Police say the victims are 23 and 24 years old, both are from Neptune Township. Lefanto caught a glimpse of the gunman.
“It was a black gentleman, wearing a black t-shirt, with something red on the front.”
The New Jersey State Police spent some time combing through the woods around the Arts Center. They’re offering $5,000 to anyone with information.