More information is coming in about the shooting that left twenty-two injured when a gang member convicted of murder and his accomplice opened fire on festival-goers in Trenton.
The shooting comes on the hills of a sweeping series of gun control laws enacted by New Jersey’s governor, topping what were already some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.
Despite the new sweeping new gun legislation by New laws, 33-year old convicted murderer and gang member Tahaji Wells was not deterred this weekend, when he and 23-year-old Amir Armstrong engaged unsuspecting crowds at the Art All Night festival, injuring 22 people in what is now believed to have been a gunfight between the criminals and police.
According to the Daily Mail, Wells, an alleged Bloods gang member who was given early release from prison in February for murder, was killed by police. Armstrong was reported to be wounded and in custody, albeit in critical condition.
Wells -who couldn’t legally own a firearm to begin with- would not have been able to shoot at anyone had he not been released, as his sentence went well into the 2020s.
However, Governor Murphy had reconvened the state Criminal Justice and Disposition Commission to review sentencing guidelines in February, an effort lower sentences for petty drug crimes and non-violent offenders.
Despite this, Murphy made no mention of the early release blunder, instead taking to the streets to call for even stricter gun control.
“It’s yet another reminder of the senseless gun violence, even having signed six stringent gun laws last week,” Murphy said at a press conference, mere hours after the shooting. “We know we’re getting stronger and better but we’re a long way from getting rid of this senselessness.”
According to the Daily Mail, multiple weapons were recovered from the scene, with authorities reporting that around 1,000 people had been in the vicinity of the shooting.
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