Statement by Governor Murphy on the Shooting of Department of Children and Families Employee Vernetta McCray

August 22, 2020

Shooting Victim Dies At Hospital Becomes Trenton’s 26 Homicide of 2020

See MidJersey.News update here: UPDATE: Trenton: Woman Shot In Head Last Night In Critical Condition

See last night’s MidJersey.News story here: BREAKING: Trenton, Female Shot In Head, Trauma Alert Called En Route To Hospital

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Governor Phil Murphy today released the following statement on longtime New Jersey Department of Children and Families employee Vernetta McCray, who was shot last night in front of her Trenton home in a random act of gun violence and is currently in critical condition:

“Vernetta McCray has worked for the Department of Children and Families for over a decade, gaining the respect of her colleagues and serving countless children and families in Mercer County. This tragedy is yet another reminder of the toll that senseless gun violence takes on our communities. Our prayers are with Vernetta, her family, and her loved ones at this difficult time.”

From other MidJersey.News articles links above:

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Around 9:00 pm Trenton Police, Trenton EMS and Mercer County Paramedics were detailed to Walnut Avenue and Hampton Avenue for a female shot to head. Trenton Police arrived to make sure the scene was safe for EMS. Once clear TEMS and Paramedics proceeded in to treat the victim. The victim was transported to the Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. No word on condition other than a “trauma alert” was called over the radio.

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Trenton police responded to the area of the 300 block of Walnut Street last night around 8:50 pm after receiving a Shot Spotter activation for more than 20 rounds fired.  While searching for a scene, they discovered an adult female on the porch of a Hampton Avenue residence bleeding from her head. She was transported to the hospital where she is in critical condition.

No arrests have been made at this time.

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