One man has been killed and the other apprehended by police after they shot at people at the Art All Night-Trenton Festival at the Roebling Wire Works Building on the south side of the city. The shooting happened around 2:45 am. About 1,000 people were attending the festival when the shooting started. Sixteen victims were transported to area hospitals and were treated for gunshot wounds according to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center. One 13-year-old was among the shot and is listed in critical condition.
One witness said, “All of a sudden, my brother goes to me, ‘You hear that gunfire?’ I go, ‘It sounds like fireworks.’ He said, ‘No that’s gunfire.’ Next thing you know, we turn around and everybody’s running down the street. All hell broke loose.”
Police are now combing through the warehouse where the shooting took place as part of the investigation to determine if there are additional suspects. Multiple weapons were recovered at the scene. Authorities are also looking into an attempted carjacking that took place in the area of the shooting. Three people were in a vehicle when a man came up and pointed a gun at them.
Another witness told police that right before the gunshots rang out a fight broke out with several punches being thrown. “I saw two punches and then heard several gunshots. Everybody ran toward the door, and the people fighting and shooting got mixed with the crowd that was running and they went out the door shooting.”
The event was billed as a showcase for more than 1,500 pieces of art. Authorities said that about 1,000 people were in the area when the shooting happened and people started to run out. The remainder of the event has been canceled and a message was posted on Facebook from the Art All Night Festival: “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,” the group said.