ROXBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – An Essex County man who shot a victim in the leg during an argument surrendered to law enforcement, acting Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll announced Tuesday.
Michael Mecca, 39, of West Orange has been charged with second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. He is currently in law enforcement custody, pending a court appearance, Carroll said.
It is alleged that on the night of May 31, Mecca argued with the victim, at which point he left the location of the argument and returned a short time later with a handgun, Carroll said.
Following an altercation between Mecca and victim, it is alleged that he pulled a .40 caliber Highpoint handgun from his waistband and fired at the victim and then fled the scene, Carroll said.
The victim sustained more than one gunshot wound to the leg and was transported for medical treatment and is expected to survive, Carroll said.
The firearm alleged to have been used in the shooting was recovered in the area shortly after the incident, Carroll said.
Mecca turned himself into law enforcement on June 1 and was charged, Carroll said.
The Roxbury Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Crime Scene Investigation Unit, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit assisted in the investigation, Carroll said.