New information into the Art All Night shooting in Trenton has revealed people warned others not to attend the event for fears of a mass violence event taking place.
Tragically, the advisory was accurate. The shooting left 22 people injured, including four people in critical condition.
Convicted murderer and alleged Bloods gang member 33-year-old Tahaij Wells was shot by police after he and two accomplices used illegal firearms to open fire on the Art All Night event at the historic Roebling Wire Works building around 3 a.m. The motive is believed to have been “neighborhood beef,” according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.
One suspect, Amir Armstrong, is in critical condition while the other accomplice is unidentified and also in the hospital.
“Please please DO NOT GO TO ART ALL NIGHT! THEY WILL BE SHOOTING IT UP!”
When asked why he would attend the event after such a drastic threat, Parker offered a message of defiance to those who use fear to intimidate others.
“I went because I’m not afraid of living in Trenton. It’s a wonderful place, I love it here,” Parker told Goldberg. “I’m disappointed about what happened. I’m not going to let the decisions of a few people ruin the fact it’s still a great event in the city.”
More than 1,500 artists submitted work to Art All Night and more than 30,000 people attended in 2017.
“I do know there were a lot of people who put a lot of time, effort, and energy into this event and I’m sad for them and hurt,” Parker said. “I just don’t think there is any way in the world we’re going to be able to bring it back to what it was before.”