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A Show of Force in Trenton

Law enforcement officials announced Wednesday that officers from multiple agencies are being sent to Trenton to prevent further violence as the summer approaches. 

Press conference with NJ Attorney General John Hoffman on Trenton crime
Press conference with NJ Attorney General John Hoffman on Trenton crime (David Matthau, Townsquare Media)

The announcement comes two days after a 9-year-old girl walking home from school in Trenton was caught in a hail of gunfire and took bullets to the neck and leg.

In April, three people attending the funeral of a murdered gang member sustained gunshot wound at a Baptist Church in Trenton.

“We certainly have had more than enough of gun toting thugs who threaten innocent bystanders with violence,” said State Attorney General John Hoffman.

In the coming days we will be making our presence clearly felt strongly, through a variety of operations aimed at stemming the tide of violence in Trenton.

“If the gangsters and drug dealers of Trenton think nothing of cutting down a child with indiscriminate gunfire, then they better start thinking twice about the full force of that will be bearing down upon them this summer,” Hoffman said.

The child is recovering at a local hospital. Many of her neighbors on Bellevue Avenue say they feel nervous to go out, especially at night, because they’re afraid they could get shot.

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