BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) – The man suspected of firing a stray shot that killed a 9-year-old New Jersey girl as she slept in her bed has been charged with murder.
Cumberland County prosecutors say Zahmere McKoy also faces counts of conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses. He’s the fourth person charged in the July 17 shooting in Bridgeton that killed Jennifer Trejo.
Prosecutors say the 19-year-old Bridgeton man fired a handgun at a group of people but missed them. The shots were fired about a block away from Trejo’s home, and a stray bullet went through the home’s rear wall and struck her.
Michael L. Elliott, 25, Leroy Frazier 3rd, 20, and Charles Gamble, 18, are also facing charges that include murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses in the case, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor. All three suspects were processed at Bridgeton police headquarters Friday afternoon and remanded to the Cumberland County Jail without bail.
Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting.
It wasn’t known Friday if McKoy has retained an attorney.