New Jersey arts festival shooting leaves 20 wounded, 1 suspect dead, officials say

Officials said that 20 people were injured after gunfire broke out during an all-night art festival in Trenton, New Jersey.

(KYW via NNS)

Nearly two dozen people were injured after gunfire broke early Sunday during an all-night art event in New Jersey, the capital, leaving a suspect dead, and authorities are investigating if any others were involved.

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said at a press conference in a total of 20 people were injured in the shooting, 16) that were treated for gunshot wounds at nearby hospitals, and a second suspect is in custody.

“It is a huge crime,” Onofri said.

The gunfire happened shortly before 2:45 a.m. at the 24-hour Art Night show in the Roebling Market section of the city, according to Onofri.

The event began Saturday afternoon and was scheduled to continue until Sunday afternoon, and usually attracts thousands of people. The festival usually showcases local art, music and food.

“This is really a drama for Trenton,” Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson said.

The shooting took place around 2:45 a.m. at the 24-hour Art Night show in the Roebling Market section of Trenton, New Jersey.

(KYW via NNS)

Four people are listed as in critical condition, including a 13-year-old boy who is in “critical condition,” said Onofri.

The police has identified at least two suspects in the shooting. One, a 33-year-old man was pronounced dead while the other was taken to the police. Onofri said that the authorities investigate if the suspect was shot and killed by someone else, or to the police. Trenton police on the scene told that the civil servants who deal with at least one shooter.

Authorities are now combing through the warehouse where the shooting took place as part of the research to determine whether there are more victims. Onofri said that “several weapons” were recovered at the scene.

A witness told The Trentonian he was a witness of the battle breaking before gunshots rang out, with several punches thrown.

“I saw two blows, and heard several gunshots,” Franco said Roberts.

Roberts told the newspaper that he thought something bad was going to happen, because there is more people outside than in the warehouse.

“Everybody ran to the door,” he said. “And the people fighting and shooting mixed in with the public that was active and they went out the door shooting.”

Angelo Nicolo told WPVI that he and his brother were at the event when they heard loud popping sound, and that the people began to run down the street.

“And all of a sudden, my brother goes to me,” do You hear that gunfire?’ I go, ‘It sounds like fireworks.’ He said: “No, that’s gunfire.’ Next thing you know, we turn around and everyone walks in the street. All hell broke loose,” Nicolo said.


The Trenton resident said he saw a person with a gunshot wound to the leg.

“I saw two police officers escort a man who got shot in the leg; they tied him, and then him away before the ambulance came here,” he told WPVI. “It was a beautiful gnarled.”

The event was billed as a showcase for the more than 1,500 pieces of art.

In a Facebook post, the group said it was “deeply saddened” by the shooting and had canceled the rest of the event.

“We are still processing much of this and we don’t have many answers, but know that our staff, our volunteers, our artists, and musicians all seem to be healthy and responsible. Our sincere sympathy goes out to those who were injured,” the group said.

The Roebling Market parking lot was covered in trash, broken glass and bottles of liquor as police processed the scene for evidence, according to the Trentonian. Regular patrons of the art festival, told the newspaper it is usually cleaner than what was seen in the aftermath of the shooting

“We have never seen anything like this,” a woman who asked to remain anonymous, told the Trentonian. “This trash is surprising. It didn’t look like this last year.”

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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