20 injured, suspect killed in N.J. arts festival shooting

Photo: Gephardt Daily

June 17 (UPI) — Twenty people were injured and one suspect died in a shooting early Sunday during an arts festival in Trenton, N.J., authorities said.

Four people, including a 13-year-old boy, are in critical condition at the event that drew several hundred people, police said. Sixteen people had gunshot wounds, police said.

The shooting began around 2:45 a.m. Sunday at the Art All Night Trenton 2018 festival at the Roebling Wire Works Building.

Several individuals opened fire in the venue, police said.

One, a 33-year-old man, died and another was taken into police custody, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said in an NJ.com report. Police said multiple weapons were recovered.

“And all of a sudden, my brother goes to me, ‘You hear that gunfire?’ I go, ‘It sounds like fireworks.’ He said, ‘No, that’s gunfire.’ ” Trenton resident Angelo Nicolo said to WABC-TV. “Next thing you know, we turn around and everybody’s running down the street. All hell broke loose.”

The 12th annual event started at 3 p.m. Saturday and was scheduled to run until 3 p.m. Sunday, featuring 1,500 pieces of local art, live murals, live art instructions and 60 plus musical acts performing on three stages.

On its Art All Night Facebook page, it said it was canceling the rest of the event, and posted: “We’re very shocked. We’re deeply saddened. Our hearts ache and our eyes are blurry but our dedication and resolve to building a better Trenton through community, creativity and inspiration will never fade. Not tonight. Not ever.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here