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18-year-old charged after firing ‘gel-like projectiles’ at Walmart staff, shoppers in Sussex County

FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County man is facing weapon-related charges following an incident at the Franklin Borough Walmart last month, police said Monday.

Nicholas G. Sacerdote, 18, of Hardyston, was arrested on March 21 following an investigation into aggravated assault with an imitation firearm at the Walmart on March 20, shortly after 8:30 p.m., police said.

The investigating officers determined that Sacerdote allegedly ran through the Walmart and utilized an imitation firearm to shoot gel-like projectiles at shoppers and staff members before fleeing the property. One employee was injured during the incident, police said.

Sacerdote was charged with fourth-degree aggravated assault with an imitation firearm, fourth-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, disorderly conduct and harassment. He was released pending a court appearance, police said.

Hamburg Police Department and Hardyston Police Department assisted at the scene.

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