Gang shootout at New Jersey arts festival kills one, injures 22

Monday, June 18, 2018-The officials announced, “A suspected gunman was shot dead and 22 people were injured on Sunday after a dispute among rival gangs erupted into gunfire at an all-night arts festival in Trenton, New Jersey”.

Around 2:45 a.m., two people were open fired at the annual Art All Night event in Trenton, in 60 miles (100 km) southwest of New York City. A 13-year-old boy who was shot down is now in extremely critical condition. Three of others were in critical condition.

Onofri said, “22 people injured in which 17 people of them were shot, and multiple weapons were recovered from the scene”.

Onofri told a news conference, “Officials believe the suspect was killed by police, and the case was being treated as an officer-involved shooting. More than 1,000 people were believed to have been at the festival when the violence started. It absolutely could have been worse, given the confined space and the number of shots that appear to have been fired. The shooting appears to be related to several neighborhood gangs from here in the city of Trenton having a dispute at the venue”. He also added, “Organizers canceled the remainder of the event, billed as “24 hours of community, creativity, and inspiration.”

On Sunday, the organizers posted on Social media, “We’re 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 accounted for. Our sincere, heartfelt sympathies are with those who were injured”.

Trenton Mayor, Eric Jackson announced in the news conference, “It is a fact that our cities, as well as our suburbs throughout America, are experiencing an increase in public shootings and public unrest such as this”. He also added, “This isn’t just a random act of violence. This is a public health issue”.

by Sawan Kumar on June 18, 2018

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