Video: Police tried to break arts festival for gunfire

TRENTON, N. J. – Body camera footage of officers responding to a shooting at a New Jersey all-night arts festival shows the police to tell people to go home shortly before the shots went off, sending people scrambling.

The images released by the Mercer County Prosecutor gives visitors seeking safety when gunfire broke out and wounded people looking for help in the chaotic aftermath of the historic Roebling Wire Works Building, a former factory that once supplied cables for bridges, including the Golden Gate.

The agency also released 911 calls about the June 17 shooting that left a suspect dead and nearly two dozen people injured. The 17 people treated for gunshot wounds included a 13-year-old boy and another suspect.

About 1000 people were present in the Art All Night Trenton festival when gunfire broke out in the early morning of 17 June. The event showcases local art, music, food and movies.

The authorities have said that a number of neighborhood gangs had a dispute, and multiple suspects began shooting at each other, with the police returning the fire.

The released footage begins as the police try to shut down the festival, only half-way. An officer can be heard saying: “Go home, people! It’s over,” shortly before the recording starts.

The police said that she was planning on the closure of the event early because of multiple fights had broken out.

At one point, an officer can be seen on video angry order of a participant to stop taking photos of the hectic scene in the warehouse, where the works of art lined the walls. A man is soon seen running up to the police shouting: “My boy got hit! My boy hit!” An official tells him “to put him on the ground. The pressure on him.”

The images later shows a number of officers of the help of a man who had been shot multiple times until the ambulance arrives.

“Stay with us, big guy. Stay with us,” they can be heard, ” says the victim.

Another officer who drove a shooting victim to a hospital, there is seen screaming for help. As staff members rush to get the wounded man inside, the officer warns them there will be many more wounded people.

Frantic family members were also caught on the body images from the camera rushing to the hospital to check on the victims. Police officers were placed in front of the hospital, and send them where to get information.


This story was adapted to the shooting was on June 17, not June 18.

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