Amateur dressage rider Lauren Kanarek is conscious and able to communicate after receiving two gunshot wounds to the chest on Aug. 7.
Her former trainer and landlord, Grand Prix rider Michael Barisone, is at the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey, and is being charged with attempted murder.
According to the police report, a woman called the Washington Township Police Department at roughly 2:13 p.m., saying, “Michael Barisone shot me. I’ve been shot twice.”
Upon arriving at Barisone’s 411 West Mill Road training facility in Long Valley, New Jersey, police heard a man, later determined to be Kanarek’s fiancé Robert Goodwin, calling for help.
An officer found Goodwin on top of Barisone, and a pink and black 9mm Ruger handgun was located underneath Barisone, according to the police report. Kanarek was lying on the pavement and bleeding from the chest near the residence she shared with Goodwin at Barisone’s Hawthorne Hill summer base.
Goodwin received an injury to his right hand and/or wrist during an attempt to “disarm and/or subdue” Barisone according to the police report. Both he and Kanarek were taken to Morristown Medical Center, where Kanarek underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition. She’s being represented by attorney Edward David of Edward David & Associates LLC in Roseland, New Jersey. David stated, “She’s in the hospital and recovering, and hopefully she will make a full recovery.”
David further stated that a press release will be forthcoming by the end of the week.
The police report also included information from an interview with Goodwin after the shooting. He said he and Kanarek were at the residence when Barisone arrived. After a brief conversation between Kanarek and Barisone outside, Goodwin heard gunshots and saw that Kanarek had been wounded. He said Barisone then aimed at him but missed, and he attempted to disarm and subdue Barisone as he waited for help.
Barisone received an injury to his head and arms and was taken to Morristown Medical Center by ambulance. Prior to leaving, the police report stated that he said, “I had a good life,” several times. Barisone was then transferred to the Morris County jail and processed on two counts of attempted murder and weapons offenses. He will stand before a judge for a bail hearing on Aug. 14.