Day: May 18, 2020

Bullets Continue To Fly, Three Hours After Mayor Releases Statement About Violence In The City

May 18, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Bullets continue to fly and the body count stacks up today in the City, even after the Mayor released a statement this afternoon condemning the violence.

About 6:40 pm. police and EMS were detailed to Grand Avenue for a shooting. The person was transported to The Trauma Center at Regional Medical Center for treatment. No further details were available at this time.

Those killed the past few days in city gun violence are:

9 am this morning a shooting on Daymond Street Antwuan Bowens, 44, of Trenton was killed.

12:30 am 18-year-old Tayvion Jones was killed in an Oakland Avenue shooting.

A Daymond Street shooting Saturday just before midnight killed 38 year old Robert Smith when he was shot in the head and later died. Two others were also shot at that scene.

It appears that Trenton is under siege again from gun violence as these senseless shooting sprees continue.

Other related gun violence stories:

Trenton Mayor Gusciora Condemns Weekend Violence In City

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

One Dead, Two Additional Victims In Another Trenton Shooting Last Night

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

Developing Story: Shooting On Calhoun Street, Victim Driven By Personal Vehicle To Trauma Center

More Trenton Shootings at this link

Photos and video by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

Trenton Mayor Gusciora Condemns Weekend Violence In City

Trenton Police Make Two Separate Arrests and Pursue Leads on Incidents

61 Curfew Violations Issued

May 18, 2020

See additional recent Trenton shooting stories here:

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

One Dead, Two Additional Victims In Another Trenton Shooting Last Night

Another Day Another Trenton Shooting

Developing Story: Shooting On Calhoun Street, Victim Driven By Personal Vehicle To Trauma Center

More Trenton Shootings at this link

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora condemned an outbreak of violence over the past weekend and pledged further police enforcement to address fears of escalating conflict in neighborhoods across the City.  The mayor noted that of the four separate incidents, police have made arrests in two of them and are following leads in the investigation of two others.

“It is disheartening to see the loss of life because of petty grievances and domestic violence,” said Gusciora.  “Across urban America we see all too often that guns are indiscriminately used to spark neighborhood violence.  Since Trenton is not immune to these events, our police department is working closely with state and county agencies to curb these unlawful incidents.”

The mayor also noted that the 9pm curfew will remain in effect for the time being.  61 citations for curfew violations were issued this past weekend.  Police Director Sheilah Coley also announced stepped up enforcement in areas that have large crowd gatherings or history of sustained violence.

“We are monitoring this pattern of violence on an hourly basis,” said Director Coley.  “We have concentrated our efforts in areas that have caused problems for residents and we will meet the expectation to increase patrols when needed.  We are grateful that through our investigative efforts, we have made two arrests and following leads on the other two incidents.”

Both Gusciora and Director Coley noted that the City cannot solely rely upon “arresting our way out of neighborhood violence.”

“This will take a concerted effort on neighborhood groups, community leaders and residents themselves who need to work together to help stem future acts of violence,” concluded Gusciora.  “In the end, we also need personal responsibility for everyone to stay safe and avoid conflicts.  I get that many have lost hope, but by working together we can clean up the city and bring further economic opportunities for our young residents.”

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News Daymond Street this morning.

BREAKING: Multiple Deaths From Daily Gun Violence That Plagues City

May 18, 2020

Updated to correct time at 12:30 a.m.

2:45 pm update: The victim of this morning’s homicide on Daymond Street has been identified as 44-year-old Antwuan Bowens, 44, of Trenton.

Photos by: Brian McCarthy, OnScene News

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating a homicide that occurred in Trenton early Monday morning.  Trenton police officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation for a shooting in the first block of Oakland Avenue at approximately 12:30 a.m.  Upon arrival, officers found the victim in the kitchen of his residence with a gunshot wound to the chest.  The victim, identified as 18-year-old Tayvion Jones, was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

Police were able to quickly identify a suspect in the shooting, and he was stopped and taken into custody nearby.  His name is not being released at this time as charges have not been filed yet.  I will provide more information as it becomes available.

A second shooting homicide is also under investigation this morning.  Police responded to a shooting in progress in the area of Daymond Street just before 9 a.m. (This is the same area as Saturday night’s homicide.)  Upon arrival, they discovered the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.  The victim’s name is being withheld pending confirmation and family notification.

Anyone with information on any of the homicides is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406 or

Note: We have reached out to the Trenton Mayor’s Office for comment about the gun violence and awaiting a response.

The Great Hamilton Takeout Is Coming

May 18, 2020

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor Jeff Martin is excited to announce The Great Hamilton Takeout on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in collaboration with the numerous eateries spread throughout the municipality.

Hamilton Township is home to more than 200 eating establishments, including bakeries, coffee shops, pizzerias, delis and restaurants. As one of the hardest hit industries during the Coronavirus pandemic, The Great Hamilton Takeout campaign was created as a means to help drive additional business to our local restaurants in their time of need. 

Many of Hamilton’s restaurants are owned and operated by our fellow Hamiltonians.  They are also known for their generosity – giving back to various sectors of our community over the years and to many frontline workers during the pandemic.  Hamilton Township is encouraging all local eateries to join in on the campaign by spreading the word amongst their customers and potentially even creating their own special menu or food item for the day. 

“Hamilton’s restaurants have been an integral part of the fabric of our great town.  They have given back to our community over the years – donating to our sports teams, our schools, non-profits, various other organizations and events,” stated Mayor Jeff Martin.  “Now it is our turn to be there for them.  I ask those who are able, to join me in giving back by ordering takeout, curbside or delivery from one or more of our local food establishments throughout the day.  Together we can show our restaurants and their employees that we are in this together, we are Hamilton Proud!”  

Throughout COVID-19 restaurant patrons have turned to takeout, curbside and delivery when their kitchens are in need of a break.  Takeout does not have to be limited to just dinner – it can be breakfast and lunch or even dessert.  On Wednesday, May 27th it is our turn to show our local restaurants that we will be there for them in their time of need, to show them that “Hope Is In Hamilton”.  Residents are encouraged to order take out from one of our many restaurants on May 27th and post their meals on social media with the hashtags #GreatHamiltonTakeOut and #HopeIsInHamilton.