Monmouth County's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Cory Kendelski lured the bird with food and struck it several times. He is accused of needlessly killing an animal.
Society Police Chief Victor Amato said that, according to some witness reports, Kendelski's friends were piling potato chips on his back, seemingly baiting the birds. Kendelski denied that, telling the Asbury Park Press of Neptune that he was trying to keep the gull at bay and was sorry it died. He said he swung the bat only once, striking a bird's wing.