Two views of a May 25 gunfight on Martin Luther King Boulevard and Beakes Street in Trenton, courtesy of surveillance cameras installed by the deli. Two men were wounded in the shooting, police say no arrests have been made. The gun battle is just one of 94 shooting incidents in Trenton between Jan. 1 and June 30, which have killed 15 and wounded 105 people.
TRENTON — At 5:30 p.m. the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Beakes Street exploded in violence.
A man in a hoodie casually strolled toward two men chatting in front of a corner deli, pulled a handgun from his sweatshirt’s front pocket, and opened fire.
As the two men dove for cover, one tucking and rolling as he was shot in the foot, they both pulled out handguns of their own. The assailant, gun cupped in front of him, wheeled 45 degrees and shot suddenly at a 49-year-old city man named Nathaniel Matthews, whose only offense was crossing the street to get away. Matthews was blasted to the ground, a sandal flying off his right foot as he was shot in the stomach.
The pair of men shot back at the man in the hoodie, who sprinted back around the corner, taking one last shot over his shoulder as the more speedy gunman chased him. The wounded cohort, hobbling from the shot to the foot, limped across the street and briefly dropped his handgun before going back, picking it up from a puddle, and taking it with him.
This 15-second gunfight, captured on video by the deli’s security cameras, echoes an observation about Trenton criminals made in recent months by street cops, detectives and concerned citizens alike: Everyone has a gun.
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