Manalapan man charged for murder in Freehold driveby shooting

FREEHOLD, NJ – A Manalapan man has been charged in this week’s fatal shooting in Freehold Borough that took the life of an 18-year old man.

Lamin Conteh, 23, has been taken into custody on charges of first-degree Murder, first-degree Attempted Murder, second-degree Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, and second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

On August 23, the Freehold Borough Police Department received a 911 call of a reported shooting outside a Lloyd Avenue residence. Responding officers located Reashaun Billingsley, 18, as well as a second male victim inside the home. Billingsley was unconscious and had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He received emergency medical treatment and was transferred to Centra State Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 6:04 pm.

The second male victim suffered a small graze wound to his leg. An investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Freehold Borough Police Department revealed that Billingsley and the second male victim had been sitting on the front porch outside the Lloyd Avenue home when a sedan approached them.

At that time, the rear seat passenger, later identified as the defendant, started shooting at the two men, causing them to flee into the home after inflicting fatal wounds to the victim. Conteh was apprehended at approximately 2:10 pm this afternoon in Manalapan and remains incarcerated pending a detention hearing to be scheduled in Superior Court.

He faces a life sentence on these charges.

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