A horrific mass shooting happened early Sunday at an all-night event in Trenton, New Jersey, where 20 have been reportedly injured, 16 of those suffering from gunshot wounds at the Art All Night Festival.
The Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said that the two armed suspects opened fire at a crowded multicultural festival which is intended to showcase art, and one of those gunmen was killed in the process.
A 33-year-old unidentified shooter along with a second unidentified shooter opened fire on a crowd of 1,000 people who were in attendance for the event shortly after 3 AM Sunday, which created mass hysteria that resulted in four others suffering from injuries as they were trampled by a stampede of terrified crowd goers.
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Trenton Police Lt. Darren Zappley said that the shooting victims were immediately transported to nearby hospitals, many of whom require emergency surgery and are clinging to life.
Lt. Zappley said the scene is “very chaotic,” one which drew an estimated 30,000 people last year, with this year being the 12th annual All Night Art celebration that has street art, music, and drinking for those in attendance to enjoy.
At least one of the 20 people injured have now been declared dead, according to law enforcement, with the youngest of the victims being only 13-years-old.
While it's questionable as to what kind of parent would have a young child at an event after 3 AM in the first place; were sending prayers to that family and to all of those injured for a speedy recovery.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">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. <br><br>We’re still processing much of this and we don’t have many answers at… <a href="https://t.co/ZSZlIgVYdN">https://t.co/ZSZlIgVYdN</a></p>— Art All Night (@aantrenton) <a href="https://twitter.com/aantrenton/status/1008299746593837056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 17, 2018</a></blockquote>
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“I saw two police officers escort a guy that got shot in the leg. They bandaged him up and whisked him away,” said Angelo Nicolo, one of the people in attendance.
Several weapons have been recovered from the crime scene, with law enforcement yet to answer any additional information as to the two suspects identities.
The lack of coverage on this major shooting event seemingly implies that we're talking about a potential terrorist attack, as the media avoids discussing those types of shootings, although at this time anything related to who may be responsible is purely speculation.
"My sympathy goes out to the victims and their families," Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson said at a Sunday morning press conference. "All shootings are a crisis. This is not just a random act of violence - this is a public health issue."
"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," organizers said. "Our sincere, heartfelt sympathies are with those who were injured."
Had more of those in attendance had been armed, the total of victims could have been far less.
This is a breaking story, we will update with details as information is released.
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