1 dead, 22 injured in NJ arts festival shooting


Two gunmen opened fire at an all-night arts and music festival early Sunday morning, sending people running over each other in the scramble to safety, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people were injured.


One person, a 33 year-old male, was killed, and suspected to be one of the shooters, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said Sunday morning. Police took a second suspect into custody at the scene.

During a press conference Sunday, Onofri said authorities "believe" the alleged gunman who died was shot and killed by police.

Among the wounded is a 13-year-old boy in extremely critical condition, the prosecutor said.

What started the shooting is under investigation, but Onofri said Art All Night itself does not appear to have been the target. "All indications are that this was a dispute between individuals that occurred at Art All Night," Onofri said.

About 1,000 people were at the event when the gunfire erupted.

The event, billed as "24 hours of "community, creativity, and inspiration," and held at the historic Roebling Wire Works building on South Clinton Avenue, turned to chaos shortly before 3 a.m.

People ran from the event into nearby streets as police descended on the building and alternately looked for shooters and treated victims.

Onofri described a chaotic and confusing scene early on: Trenton police were swamped with 911 calls reporting a shooting inside the venue, and the first police officers on scene radioed they needed critical assistance and backup.

Trenton police were working off-duty security at the event, and there were no metal detectors inside the building, authorities said. The event occurs both inside and outdoors.

Police later recovered firearms at the scene.

Videos posted on social media showed police and attendees huddling behind cars and helping the wounded.

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