At least 22 injured after two gunmen opened fire at New Jersey festival

Cheryl Kahla
Jun 18, 2018
06:39 A.M.
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More than 20 people were injured, and one suspect killed when two gunmen opened fire at a New Jersey arts festival. A 13-year-old boy is in critical condition. 


As reported by ABC News, four festival goers, including the teenager, were in a critical condition, while many of the injured were receiving treatment for gunshot wounds.

The injured festivalgoers range in ages from 13 to 48, and ten victims were rushed to the St. Francis Medical Centre, while others were taken to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

Approximately 1,000 Trenton residents were at the Art At Night festival when the shooting occurred, and officers described the incident as a result of a gang dispute.


According to CNN, the suspect has been identified as Tahajj Wells and Amir Armstrong. The shooting took place at 2:45 am, and a 33-year-old Wells was killed on the scene. 

The second suspect, 23-year-old Armstrong, was arrested and charged with weapons offenses. Authorities confirmed that it was not an act of terrorism.

Shortly after the incident made headlines, Senator Cory Booker expressed his condolences on Twitter. He said that 'this senseless violence must end.' 


He added that  'Congress must pass sensible gun legislation,' while journalist Anita Oh shared a statement from art festival's organizers. The future of the festival remains unclear.

Dave Reichert, a Representative of the Eighth Congressional District in Washington State, said 'acts of violence like this are unacceptable.'

The festival, which has since been canceled, was in its 12th year of operation and was scheduled to run from Saturday afternoon until Sunday afternoon at 3 pm. 

Festival-goers were questioned, to determine whether more suspects could still be on free foot. A car-jacking which took place in the neighborhood is being investigated. 

However, it is not clear yet if it was related to the shooting. The story is still developing. For the latest updates, follow our official Twitter account: AmoMama USA