Weekend Gun Violence Escalates in Trenton

Trenton, the capital city of Mercer County, continues to grapple with a surge in violence as two more shootings were reported over the weekend, bringing the total number of incidents to seven in just four days. This wave of violence has resulted in one fatality and multiple injuries. The recent crimes are currently under investigation by Trenton police, in collaboration with partner law enforcement agencies such as the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, the Mercer County Shooting Response Team, and the Mercer County Homicide Task Force.

The most recent shooting took place on Sunday, January 14, 2024, around 6 p.m. in the vicinity of Greenwood and South Clinton avenues. Emergency responders from the Trenton Emergency Medical Service swiftly arrived at the scene and transported the victim to the trauma center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. At this time, the extent of the victim’s injuries remains unknown.

On Saturday night, another shooting occurred at approximately 9:35 p.m. The victim, identified as a female, was found near the Delaware and Raritan Canal feeder off Calhoun Street. She was promptly transported to the trauma center for urgent medical attention.

In addition to these recent incidents, there have been several other shootings in Trenton. On Thursday, January 11, a person sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen in the 900 block of South Broad Street. The victim was rushed to the trauma center, and further details about the incident are still under investigation.

Another incident unfolded on Friday, January 12, around 5:30 p.m. in the 800 block of Southard Street. Nasir Reed, a 24-year-old individual, accidentally shot himself in the upper left thigh while allegedly resisting arrest during a confrontation with officers. A second gunshot victim was also reported during this incident, but no additional information has been released by the authorities.

Furthermore, on Friday evening, an 11-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were shot in the leg while seated in their mother’s vehicle in the 100 block of Frazier Street. The children were rushed to the trauma center for treatment. The police are currently seeking information about a dark-colored van or sport utility vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting.

Another shooting victim arrived at Trenton police headquarters in need of medical assistance on Saturday, January 13, around 12:15 a.m. Although it is unclear where the shooting occurred, the victim sought help at the police station. Details about this incident are still unavailable.

Tragically, on the same day, around 12:55 a.m., a man was shot in the face in the 1400 block of South Clinton Avenue. Sadly, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has refrained from releasing the deceased man’s identity pending further investigation.

The community remains on edge as these violent incidents persist. Law enforcement agencies are urging anyone with information about these shootings to come forward and assist in their investigations. Trenton police, in collaboration with their partners, are determined to apprehend the perpetrators and restore peace to the city.

As the investigations unfold, the residents of Trenton are left hoping for a swift resolution to this wave of violence and the restoration of safety and security in their community.

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