A wave of gun continues to injure and kill the people of Trenton. Between Friday, August 31, and Monday, September 3, ten people were shot, with one fatality on Labor Day, in Trenton.
One weapons arrest has been made, however there haven’t been any arrests made for the shootings. Following this series of gun violence, Mayor Reed Gusciora has been seeking solutions to this issue.
The mayor has reportedly met with state and local police as well several state officials, including Mercer County prosecutor Angelo Onofri and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, for advice on reducing gun violence in the capital city. He has also reached out to Governor Phil Murphy.
After meeting and speaking with said officials, the mayor has pointedly stated that Trenton needs more officers and personnel on the streets. While this may not be an overnight solution, police resources are following through with this plan and are looking to interview and hire more personnel.
Mayor Gusciora has also stated that the city must face these societal issues that push young people to gun violence, as well as continue to stand strong in the wake of events such as these.
The statements come nearly three months after a mass shooting at the annual Art All Night gallery in June, which left 22 people injured and one suspect dead. According to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri, the violent act was a result of “neighborhood beef.”
Mayor Gusciora’s sentiments resonate with the viewpoint of former Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson following the shooting.
“This isn’t just a random act of violence,” Jackson said at the time. “This is a public health issue.”
This is not the first instance of multiple casualties from separate shootings for Trenton. Just the week before, on the weekend beginning Friday, August 24, left 3 people wounded and an additional person dead.
WBCB’s Elijah Kurtz contributed to this report.