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Name Released of 10-Year-Old Boy Shot to Death in New Jersey

Authorities say neither the boy nor his mother were intended targets in the Asbury Park shooting

What to Know

  • A 10-year-old boy was killed and his mother was wounded in a shooting Wednesday night in New Jersey
  • Prosecutors say the two victims were not the intended targets in the Asbury Park shooting and that the gunman was going after somebody else
  • Officials still haven't disclosed a motive for the deadly double shooting

The 10-year-old boy shot and killed at his New Jersey home earlier this week has been identified as Yovanni Banos-Merino, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's office said Friday. The boy's 38-year-old mother, who was wounded in the fray, has been identified as Lilia Merino.

Officials still haven't disclosed a motive for Wednesday night's shooting in Asbury Park. Banos-Marino died of a single gunshot wound. His mother, who was hit in the leg, was hospitalized but has since been released.

Authorities say they were not the intended targets. 

A 16-year-old Neptune Township boy was arrested Thursday and charged with numerous counts, including murder and aggravated assault. But authorities believe he was an accomplice of the shooter, who remains at large.

Monmouth County prosecutors have released few details on the shooting, citing the ongoing investigation. But they say the shooter was gunning for a man who lived in the same home as the two victims.

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