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NJ Arts Festival Turns Deadly

Trenton shooting ends with 1 suspect dead, 20 people injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2018 7:32 AM CDT
Crime scene tape in this 2016 file photo.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – Shooting broke out at an all-night art festival early Sunday in Trenton, NJ, sending people stampeding from the scene and leaving one suspect dead and 20 people injured, a local prosecutor said. Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri told a news conference Sunday that 16 of the 20 injured were treated for gunshot wounds. Four of those, including a 13-year-old boy, were in critical condition, reports the AP. He said that two suspects opened fire during the Art All Night festival that showcases local art, music, and food. One of the suspects, a 33-year-old man, was killed; another suspect is in custody.

Authorities say that about 1,000 people were in the area when the shooting started. "Everybody ran," Franco Roberts tells NBC10. Angelo Nicolo told Philadelphia 6ABC TV that he and his brother were at the event when they heard loud popping sounds. He said people started running down the street. "I saw two police officers escort a guy that got shot in the leg. They bandaged him up and whisked him away," Nicolo said. 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; organizers have canceled the remainder, saying "we're still processing much of this."

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