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$1 million bail set for S.J. man who broke into ex-girlfriend's home

Police say he shot the woman's new boyfriend and attacked her with a knife. Four children escaped unharmed.

A Woodbury man has been charged with two counts of attempted homicide after breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home early this morning and wounding her new beau, authorities said.

Adam Kirk, 43, had been in a long romance with the Mount Ephraim woman until the relationship ended three months ago.

Early this morning, he allegedly broke into the woman's Liberty Ave. home at 2 a.m. as she, her four children and her new boyfriend slept.  In the woman's bedroom, Kirk shot the woman's 42-year-old boyfriend, striking the man in the arm.  Kirk and the woman then struggled as the boyfriend and her children fled the house.  A second blast of the shotgun sent the woman running to a bathroom as Kirk followed, allegedly slashing at her with a knife, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's office.

Behind the bathroom door she called 911.  When police arrived, Kirk broke off his attack and barricaded himself in a bedroom. Kirk's standoff lasted until he surrendered shortly after 5:30 a.m., police said. The woman, who received superficial cuts during the assault, was not seriously injured. Both she and her boyfriend were being treated at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The children, ages 7 to 17, were not hurt, Laughlin said.

Kirk, who is being held on more than $1 million bail at the Camden County jail, was also charged with two counts of aggravated assault, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and assorted weapons offenses.