Nearly two dozen people were injured after gunfire broke out early Sunday during a fight at an all-night art event in New Jersey’s capital city, leaving one suspect dead which authorities said appeared to be caused by “neighborhood beef,” Fox News reports.
Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said at a news conference that a total of 22 people were injured in the shooting, 17 of whom were treated for gunshot wounds at nearby hospitals. Two other suspects are in custody.
Four of those, including a 13-year-old boy, were in critical condition.
Authorities say that about 1,000 people were in attendance at the time of the shooting.
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Local television stations showed numerous police vehicles at the scene. The Trentonian said that the venue for the festival was strewn with broken glass and other debris. The event began Saturday afternoon and was scheduled to conclude Sunday afternoon.
“It’s a massive crime scene,” Onofri said.The gunfire involving “multiple individuals” happened shortly before 2:45 a.m. at the 24-hour Art All Night show in the Roebling Market section of the city, according to Onofri.
The event began Saturday afternoon and was scheduled to continue until Sunday afternoon and typically draws thousands of people. The festival showcases local art, music and food.
“This is truly a tragedy for Trenton,” Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson said.
One person, a 33 year-old male, was killed, and suspected to be one of the shooters, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said Sunday morning. Police took a second suspect into custody at the scene.
During a press conference Sunday, Onofri said authorities “believe” the alleged gunman who died was shot and killed by police.
What started the shooting is under investigation, A major police presence remained in the area later Sunday.
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