Nine-year-old girl shot and killed in Trenton; Mayor Calls on Eyewitnesses to Step Forward in Juvenile Homicide

March 26, 2022

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating a gun-related death last night in the Kingsbury Square courtyard, near Cooper Street. The victim is a 9-year-old female Trenton resident.

At 7:30 pm, police responded to a report of a fistfight in a large crowd, as well as an alert from the ShotSpotter system. Private security officers were on the premises at the time of the shooting.

The Trenton Police Department, along with the task force, are asking anyone with information regarding the early evening incident to please contact investigators. The tipline is (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to

Mayor Reed Gusciora issued the following statement:

“This horrific incident has taken the life of a child. There were many eyewitnesses to the shooting who can help hold this individual accountable. Please, we must step up together. I’m grieving for the family and friends whose hearts are absolutely broken on this morning. I know investigators are doing everything they can to bring about justice. But they need help from our residents.”

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a Friday evening shooting in Trenton that claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri reported.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022, Trenton patrol units responded to Kingsbury Square for a Shot Spotter activation and the report of fights breaking out amongst a large group of individuals.  Upon arrival, officers located a large crowd outside in a low-rise courtyard and a nine-year old girl suffering a gunshot wound. She was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, then to Robert Wood Johnson New Brunswick Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly before midnight. No other shooting injuries were reported.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to

Names of the 2022 homicide victims in the City of Trenton:

  1. 2/15/2022 Antwone Barnes, 37, of Trenton, Stabbing
  2. 2/23/2022 Leonardo Fernandez, 32, of Trenton, Stabbing
  3. 3/01/2022 Shimon Nesmith Jr., 19, of Trenton, Shooting
  4. 3/15/2022 Albert L. Barnes, 46, of Trenton, Shooting
  5. 3/25/2022 Sequoya Bacon-Jones, 9, of Trenton, Shooting
  6. 3/31/2022 Tahaad Goss, 16, of Trenton, Shooting *Under Investigation