Trenton, N.J. – Two men were shot and killed on the 1100 Block of Stuyvesant Avenue early this morning.
“We are using every available resource to support the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office in bringing the perpetrators to justice,” said Trenton Police Director Sheilah Coley. “While there are several strong leads that are being pursued at this very moment, we encourage anyone with relevant information to reach out as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to vigorously patrol our communities.”
“This was another act of senseless violence in our neighborhoods, another sign of the uptick in crime throughout the country,” said Mayor W. Reed Gusciora. “It is especially disheartening when it involves young people who should be home with their families.”
“Even during an unprecedented public health crisis, we have to create alternatives to the cycle of violence that claims far too many of our residents each year,” he continued. “As such, we will continue to push for new recreational programs, neighborhood restoration projects, and long-term economic plans, all while working with the Trenton Police Department and the N.J. State Police to bring the latest in law enforcement intelligence technology to Trenton.”
In order to help investigate and deter future violent crimes, the city’s FY2020 budget includes $4.5 million to establish a real-time crime and intelligence center. This partnership between the Trenton Police Department and the New Jersey State Police will assist Trenton police officers in gunfire detection, video surveillance, and gathering criminal intelligence. The project is expected to be completed within a year.
Mayor Gusciora and Director Coley visited the Newark Police Division Headquarters yesterday to tour a similar installation that was opened in December 2014.
Residents who have any information on this morning’s homicides are asked to call (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.