The probe of a Thursday-night shooting in Lakewood is propelled into a homicide investigation as the victim loses his slender grip on life in a matter of hours.

Scene of shooting at High Point condos in Lakewood (

Kenneth Scott of Jackson had just turned 24 years of age the day before being shot at the High Point apartment dwellings, according to information from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Authorities responded to the report of a man with a gunshot wound around 9:53 PM, say officials, and found Scott near Building 524 in the complex.

He was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. He was admitted in critical condition and was pronounced dead at 1:55 AM.

Lakewood police and Ocean County investigators are collaborating on the investigation and now seek information from anyone with knowledge of the incident.

Calls are being kept confidential. Lakewood police can be reached at 732-363-0200. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato's office can be reached at 732-929-2027.