On September 15, 2020 at approximately 10:40 am, Lower Township Police Department’s Patrol Division was dispatched to the Jersey Shore Motel, located at 1400 Bayshore Road in Villas NJ, for a report of a gunshot possibly being fired from one apartment through another and into an outside wall. Witnesses on scene pointed out a hole in the outside wall, consistent with a bullet hole. The scene was secured and several people were evacuated from the motel. The apartment where the bullet originated from was secured and officers were able to confirm no one was inside.
Lower Township Police Detectives contacted the person who lives in the apartment, 23-year-old Brian Britton Jr., at his place of employment. Mr. Britton responded to police headquarters to give a statement regarding the incident. During the statement, he admitted to firing the weapon through the wall prior to leaving for work.
The Superior Court of Cape May County approved search warrants for both the apartment at 1400 Bayshore Road Villas and a lock box that was recovered as part of the investigation. At that location, several items were seized, including suspected marijuana, MDMA and LSD tabs. Several items were also located inside the lock box including a 9mm Ruger handgun, 9mm handgun ammunition, US currency, mushrooms and marijuana.
Brian Britton Jr. was charged on a warrant with the following;
- Possession of Weapon for Unlawful Purpose
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of Weapons and CDS Offenses
- Possession of LSD
- Possession of Marijuana
- Marijuana Distribution
- Possession of MDMA
- Possession of Mushrooms
- Possession of Paraphernalia
- Money Laundering
Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty. Britton was remanded to the Cape May County Correctional Facility awaiting a detention hearing.
This incident was investigated with the assistance from the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department and Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office.