Howell, NJ man hears car alarm and starts shooting

HOWELL – A township man is charged with attempted murder after he shot a rideshare outside his home.

A car alarm at 12:30 a.m. Sunday caught the attention of a homeowner’s friend on Carrie Drive, who came out and began shooting at a Dodge Ram 15000 pickup truck as three teenagers got in, officials said

The teenagers were the homeowner’s son’s friends and they had been waiting in the son’s vehicle for the ride to show up. As they got out of the car, they accidentally set off the alarm, officials said.

Pietro Ventricelli, 44, came outside and opened fire, striking the pickup truck three times, officials said.

The driver drove away and no one in the pickup was shot, officials said.

Ventricelli was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, second-degree unlawful possession of firearms, and second-degree unlawful possession of firearms.

Ventricelli was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility on Monday. New Jersey 101.5 didn’t know Monday if he had an attorney who could speak for him.

Santiago asked any witnesses to the incident to call the DA’s office at 800-533-7443 or the Howell Township Police at 732-938-4575.

This is the latest incident in which a homeowner used a firearm against intruders. To date, all cases have resulted in no charges.

In Roseland, a homeowner was not charged after he shot a burglar in his home on January 9. The homeowner’s firearm is legal, the mayor said.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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