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Gunfire At New Jersey Art Festival Leaves 1 Dead And 22 Injured


Date: September 4, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. – The main reason behind the shooting on Father’s Day at the art festival in Trenton was a fight between rival gang members due to which an individual died and 22 others sustained injuries.

The firing began at about 2:45 a.m. and people present at the festival started running towards the 2 exits located at each end of the historic building. The cops who were on-duty and those who were off-duty all responded to get the situation in control. The shooting just didn’t happen inside the area as it happened outside as well.

The festival was attended by almost thousand individuals and there were no metal detectors at the doors.

The firing started due to a neighborhood fight, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. He added, “This is yet another reminder of the senselessness of gun violence.”

The fight got serious and turned into a mass shooting, adding New Jersey among the states where people die from gun violence at gatherings.

33-year-old Tahaij Wells was the suspect who died in the shooting. He was released from jail in the month of February and was on parole on homicide-related charges. After the firing, police took 23-year-old Amir Armstrong into custody who is also charged for possessing weapons. A third suspect is admitted in the hospital as his condition is still serious.

The event director for Art All Night, Joe Kuzemka, said, “Something unbelievably tragic happened last night and I don’t quite know how to process this. My heart hurts so much. I’m so sad. I’m incredibly angry. I’m exhausted. I’m scared. I’m confused.”

According to Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson, “All shootings, whether large or small, are a crisis. This isn’t just a random act of violence. This is a public health issue.” He told that there is no plan to discontinue the festival, but attention will be paid to increase security.

The remainder of the festival was cancelled on Sunday.

Angelo Nicolo was also attending the festival who told that as people heard the firing sound, they began running. He told that a person who was shot in his leg was bandaged by the cops and they sent him away.

The founder of Mothers Against Violence, Councilwoman Kathy McBride, has been working for more than 2 decades on the issue of strict gun laws. She added, “We will not change the venue of this event, and we will not allow them to frighten us to back out.”

The horrible scene after the shooting was explained by Art All Night Curator Bruce Toth. She and 2 females from Moms Demand Action have nursing backgrounds and ran to help those in need. She told that when she heard the sound of shooting, she went outside and saw people with gunshot wounds. One individual was shot in the head and all 3 nurses were assisting him while everybody was running to save their life.

The shooting case is still under investigation as well as the carjacking case outside the festival after the shooting, as a man may have pointed a gun at a car carrying 3 individuals.

News Source: www.USAToday.com

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Attorney James A. Abate practices Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Business Litigation, Real Estate & Personal injury cases in Union County, New Jersey.