NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP — A Lakewood man was found dead in a Jersey Shore apartment early Monday.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office said officers found Mark Ruffin Sr, 41, lying on the ground within the Jumping Brook Apartments on Route 33 in Neptune Township after receiving several reports of gunshots.

Ruffin was taken to nearby Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just before 3 a.m., according to the Prosecutor's Office, which said no charges have yet been filed and no one has been taken into custody.

The Prosecutor's Office asked anyone with information about the shooting to call Neptune Township Police at 732-988-8000.

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