Trenton arts festival rocked by mass shooting

Twenty-two people including a child were reportedly injured after gunfire broke out around 2:45 a.m. Sunday during ‘Art All Night Trenton 2018,’ a 24-hour arts festival at the Roebling Wire Works Building in Trenton.

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said several weapons were recovered after police officers shot and killed one 33-year-old male suspect and took another suspected gunman into custody.

Onofri said his Homicide Task Force has taken over the investigation due to the officer-involved shooting.

Seventeen of the 22 injured victims suffered gunshot wounds, Onofri said. A 13-year-old boy and three other people are in critical condition.

“It absolutely could have been worse given the confined space and the number of shots that appeared to have been fired,” Onofri said.

Trenton fire crews, medics, and federal ATF agents were called to the scene and are assisting with the investigation.

The ‘Art All Night Trenton 2018’ event started 3 p.m. Saturday and was scheduled to run until 3 p.m. Sunday. The festival showcased 1,500 pieces of local art, live murals, live art instructions and 60 plus musical acts performing on three stages.¬†About 1,000 people were in attendance at the time of the shooting.

‘Art All Night Trenton’ organizers posted this reaction to the shooting:

“It’s with great regret that we announce that the remainder of Art All Night has been cancelled due to a tragic incident that occurred overnight.

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.

We know there are a lot of questions and a lot of speculation at this point. We’re still trying ourselves to piece this entire situation together. What we do know is that we are currently unable to release any submitted artwork that is currently inside the Roebling Wire Works building. That being said, we promise you we’ll be in touch as soon as we have more questions we information on this. We truly appreciate your understanding and patience during this incredibly difficult and confusing situation.

We’re very shocked. We’re deeply saddened. Our hearts ache and our eyes are blurry but our dedication and resolve to building a better Trenton through community, creativity and inspiration will never fade. Not tonight. Not ever.”

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