TOMS RIVER — Two men have been arrested on murder, drug and weapons charges in a fatal shooting at an apartment complex, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced.

Sevon Hill, 24, of Toms River, and Shakar “Anthony” Barksdale, 24, of Seaside Heights, each was charged with one count of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, multiple charges of weapons possession and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, Coronato said Wednesday.

On March 5, the Toms River Police Department responded to a 911 call reporting an unresponsive man who had a single gunshot wound on James Street at the Hampton Gardens Apartments. The man, later identified as Steven E. Stallworth, 30, of Brick, was pronounced dead at the scene. His death was ruled a homicide by the county medical examiner.

An investigation by the The Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit, along with the High Tech Crimes Unit, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and state and local police, led to identifying Hill and Barskdale as suspects. A search of two hotel room the men were living in found large quantities of heroin and cocaine, authorities said.

Both Hill and Barkside are being held in the Ocean County jail.

Anyone with information can call Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Detective John Carroll at 732-929-2072 ext. 3964 or Toms River police Detective Louis Santora at 732-349-0510 ext. 1276.

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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