Bar Shootings Leaves 10 Wounded, 1 Critically, in New Jersey

By The Associated Press

TRENTON—New Jersey police say 10 people have been wounded following a shooting at a Trenton bar.

Authorities say police were notified of gunfire at about 12:25 a.m. Saturday outside a bar in the 300 block of Brunswick Avenue.

Arriving officers found several victims in and around the unidentified bar.

This photo provided by 3 CBS Philadelphia shows police canvasing the scene of a shooting in Trenton, N.J. on May 25, 2019. (3 CBS Philadelphia via AP)

Trenton police spokesman Capt. Stephen Varn said five men and five women were transported to local hospitals. He said one victim was critically wounded and taken into emergency surgery.

Varn said an investigation was ongoing.

At-large councilman Jerell Blakeley said on Facebook: “This kind of carnage shouldn’t be normal but is becoming a common occurrence. Every time the weather breaks, the madness descends in this city. I am calling for bringing in the troopers and National Guard to the City.”

“It’s the second shooting in the city in nearly a year that’s wounded 10 or more people. In June 2018, gunfire at the Art All Night festival wounded or injured nearly 30 people and one man, a suspected gunman, was fatally shot by responding police officers,” NJ News reported.

‘Fueled by Alcohol Spiraled Out of Control’

A high school graduation party fueled by alcohol spiraled out of control last Saturday, May 18, leaving one person dead, authorities said.

Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks tells news outlets eight other people were hurt in a shooting at the old Escambia County Middle School, which now serves as the city’s community center.

The wounded victims have been transported to the Atmore Community Hospital for treatment, one of the injured was transferred to the Sacred Heart Hospital by a medical helicopter because of severe injuries.

KETK News posted a video on Twitter, showing police officers at the Middle School.

“When officers arrived it was chaos with more than 300 people running around. Brooks says it started with two women fighting, and then more people jumped in with gunshots,” WOOD-TV reported.

Brooks said word spread about the party via social media. No arrests have been made at this time, but they are looking for two people.

‘Off-Campus House Party Ended With Violence’

That same day, another shooting at an off-campus house party near Ball State University in Indiana early on Saturday, May 18, left seven people injured, three of them critically, police said.

It’s not clear how many people might have opened fire, but police said one man was in custody. One of the wounded had to be airlifted to a hospital in Indianapolis, about 50 miles southwest of Muncie, Police Chief Joe Winkle told WXIN-TV.

VaShaun Harnett, 19, of Muncie, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder, police told The (Muncie) Star Press.

Vice President Mike Pence, who delivered the commencement address Saturday at Taylor University in nearby Upland, commented on the shooting on Twitter.

“Landed in Muncie, IN this morning and was briefed on last night’s shooting,” the former Indiana governor wrote. “My prayers are with the injured and their families. God bless them all.”

NTD News staff contributed to this article.