Prosecutor: 20-Year-Old Facing Criminal Charges After Saturday Shooting

A Monmouth County man is facing criminal charges following a shooting incident in Keansburg late Saturday night, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Monday.

JaMeir Bland, 20, of Bay Avenue in Keansburg, was arrested and charged Sunday following a shooting incident on Murray Lane in the borough. Bland is charged with: second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, second-degree possession of weapon for an unlawful purpose, and third-degree hindering.

If convicted of the second-degree offenses, Bland faces a sentence of up to 10 years in a New Jersey state prison, and a sentence of three to five years in prison for the third-degree offense.  

He is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, pending his initial appearance and detention hearing scheduled for June 13 before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James J. McGann.

The case background …

Keansburg police responded shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday to 14 Murray Lane on a report of a large fight with shots fired. Police arrived to a large crowd that dispersed quickly. An officer discovered one victim with a stab wound and one with a gunshot wound. Both were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The 26-year-old male gunshot victim was treated and released. The 24-year-old male stabbing victim is in stable condition at a local hospital. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Adam Hess at 800-533-7443 and Detective Richard Johnson of the Keansburg Police Department at 732-787-0600. Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives. Citizens with information about a crime or fugitive may contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-671-4400, which is a confidential telephone tip-line; they can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website at

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office