70-year-old critically wounded, 2 dogs killed in Sussex County home shooting

A shooting inside a home in Sussex County, N.J., has left a 70 year-old man in critical condition and two dogs fatally wounded, according to authorities.

The incident took place late Monday afternoon at a home on County Road 628 in Wantage Township. A lone suspect, 34-year-old Daniel Simpson, was later arrested, reports NJ.com.

When troopers responded to the scene around 5 p.m., they found the unidentified victim with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to a local hospital where he remained in critical condition as of Tuesday evening.

“Two deceased dogs were also located with gunshot wounds,” New Jersey State Police Sgt. Charles Marchan said in an email Tuesday. A gun was recovered at the scene.

Simpson, a Wantage Township resident, was charged with attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. He was in custody on Tuesday, pending a future court appearance.

“This is an active investigation and there is no additional information available,” Marchan added.

Authorities have not disclosed any relationship between Simpson and the victim, who has not been publicly identified. No motive has been given yet for the attack.

At nearby High Point Regional High School, all activities were canceled on Monday night, as state police requested the building be closed due to the proximity to the shooting.

Students and visitors were reported to be evacuated “without incident,” although the shooting was not connected in any way to the school, according to a Monday night statement from Superintendent Scott Ripley.

“All actions were taken out of an abundance of caution and at the direction of the State Police,” he added.

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