New Jersey arts festival shooting leaves 22 wounded, 1 suspect dead, officials say



Officials: 20 people injured in NJ arts festival shoot

A shooting at a New Jersey arts festival late 20 wounded and a suspect dead, according to officials.

Nearly two dozen people were injured after gunfire broke early Sunday during a fight at an all-night art event in New Jersey, the capital, leaving a suspicious death that authorities said appeared to be caused by the neighborhood beef.”

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said at a press conference that a total of 22 people were injured in the shooting, 17 of them were treated for gunshot wounds at nearby hospitals. A second suspect is in custody.

“It is a huge crime,” Onofri said.

Two suspects opened fire shortly before 2:45 a.m. at the 24-hour Art Night show in the Roebling Market section of the city, according to Onofri, who added that “quarter of beef” is behind the shooting.

The event began Saturday afternoon and was scheduled to continue until Sunday afternoon, and usually attracts thousands of people. The festival 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 authorities “believe” the suspect who died was shot and killed by 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. Onofri said that “several weapons” were recovered at the scene. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said on Twitter that the agency is “actively assisting” Trenton and New Jersey State Police with the shooting.

Police crime-scene tape keeps people away from the brick Roebling Wire Works building, background, in Trenton, N. J., hours after a shooting broke on an all-night art festival.

(AP Photo/Mike Catalini)

Onofri said that authorities are also investigating an attempted carjacking that took place in the area after the shooting. Three people were in a car when a man came up and pointed a gun at them, the prosecutor said. Their vehicle sustained “some damage” during the confrontation, he added, without further details.

A witness told The Trentonian he witnessed a fight break out before gunshots rang out, with several punches thrown.

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

Several people were injured early Sunday, June 17, 2018, when the shooting broke out in the Art All Night festival in Trenton, New Jersey, early Sunday.

(Paige Gross/ Star-Ledger via AP)

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.

Sixteen of the 20 wounded in the shooting were treated for gunshot wounds, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said.

(Paige Gross/ Star-Ledger via AP)

“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. The authorities said that about 1,000 people were in the area when the shooting started, and people stampeded.

“Affected by the last night shoot Art All Night Trenton,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on Twitter. “We must eradicate the scourge of gun violence from our communities.”

On my way to Galilee Baptist Church in Trenton.

Destroyed by the last night shoot Art All Night Trenton. We must eradicate the scourge of gun violence from our communities.

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 17, 2018

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 at this time, but please 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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