Murphy wants Art All Night to come back to Trenton

Authorities are talking to residents as part of the investigation into last weekend's shooting.

Tim Jimenez
June 19, 2018 - 7:09 am
Police are on the scene after a shooting incident at Art All Night in Trenton, N.J.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Community leaders in Trenton and the Mercer County prosecutor are speaking with residents Tuesday morning about the shooting at an arts festival over the weekend that left 22 people injured. The all-night arts event was in its 12th year and many want to see it continue. 

Among those who want to see Art All Night happen once again is New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. 

"This is a wonderful and resilient community that needs champions," Murphy said. "The organizers of Art All Night are champions for Trenton. We need that event and events like that to bring this community together."

But gunfire at the festival led to chaos early Sunday morning. Investigators say it was a shootout between neighborhood gangs that left 22 people injured, 17 of them shot. Authorties say six are in the hospital now. Police say one of the suspects was shot and killed while two other suspects are in the hospital. 

Despite the violence, those at a vigil Monday night said they want the event to continue as well, saying it's been a great, safe event in the past and it can be again.