ASBURY PARK — City police shot and killed a 27-year-old boarding house resident who was described as acting erratically and was armed with a pair of scissors.

This was one of two fatal shootings within hours in the shore city.

Officer were called to the Asbury Inn on 7th Avenue about 10:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Police tried to talk to James Manzo at his doorway but he shut the door, they said. The Attorney General's Office, which is investigating the shooting as a matter of course, said Wednesday that Manzo then emerged armed with the scissors.

One of the officers opened fire and wounded Manzo, who was later pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Exterior of the Asbury Inn
Exterior of the Asbury Inn in Asbury Park. (Bud McCormick)

In another unrelated incident, a man was shot about 2 a.m. Wednesday on Sewall Avenue. The victim, 32-year-old Jabar Busby, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries and later died.

Officials have not announced any arrests or said what motived the Sewall shooting.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email

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