Trenton cops: Man shot in head, killed

A 22-year-old Trenton man by the name of Irvin Jackson was shot in the head and killed Monday afternoon in an alley in the 100 block of Hermitage Avenue.

The motive in the daylight execution of Jackson, 22, was not known.

The men at Ben’s Furniture across Hermitage Avenue said they heard four loud reports.

“I was on my lunch break next door, and I heard Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! Four shots,” said John Moore. “I looked out the windows, and I saw the boy laying down.

“There was a crowd around him,” he said. “He was a friend; they were just trying to tell him to stay strong.” Shop owner Ben Lashley said he also heard four shots.

Officers responded to shots fired about 2 p.m., a police spokesman said.

The victim died at Capital Health Regional Medical Center’s Fuld trauma unit, becoming Trenton’s sixth homicide victim of 2012.

Trenton activist and Trentonian TV host Darren Freedom Green was at the hospital; he tweeted this: “police wagons and sheriffs are by Emergency exits … Family members and friends are irate and in shock.”

Later in the day, two sheets were tacked up near the Hermitage Grocery, as grieving friends wrote “R.I.P. Swurv” in Sharpie. A man sat alone quietly on a bench near the canal.

A man with two children had just gone by in the bright sunshine and wind, toward the Cadwalader playground.

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