The wave of violence plaguing Trenton’s streets this summer reached a deadly peak this weekend, with four people killed and others left injured in three separate incidents.
The killing streak began early Saturday morning, with the shooting death of 20-year-old Nyquan Owens on the 300 block of Brunswick Avenue.
The violence continued with a crazed flurry along East State Street at about 11 on Saturday night, when 52-year-old Barry Church, believed to be an innocent bystander was shot to death near the corner of Olden Avenue.
Moments later, in what authorities believe to be a related incident, a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Hassan Allen crashed out of control a few blocks away, striking parked cars and two pedestrians.
Evidence markers are seen along East State St. near Olden Ave. Sunday Aug. 4, 2013. A Black cloth barrier on the right protects the scene of the crime. (Trentonian photo/Jackie Schear)
The two young women struck by Allen’s vehicle were hospitalized, with one of them listed in critical condition, while Allen, who was discovered to have suffered a gunshot injury, later died at the hospital.
A black cloth barrier is seen in front of an East State Street home on Sunday morning following an overnight wave of violence in the city that left three dead. Police were seen collecting evidence at the location on Sunday Aug. 4, 2013. (Trentonian photo/SCOTT KETTERER)
An 18-year-old male also walked into a hospital emergency room around this time with a gunshot wound to his leg, and authorities have said they believe his injuries were related to this incident.
An official gathers material from the 800-block of East State Street in Trenton as police investigate a reported early-morning shooting. (Trentonian photo/Jackie Schear)
On Sunday morning, another wounded victim, this time the result of a stabbing on the 300 block of Chambers Street, was brought to the hospital.
Investigators mark, collect and bag evidence at the scene of an apparent homicide on Chambers Street across from Trenton Central High School. (Trentonian photo/SCOTT KETTERER)
The victim, identified as 21-year-old Abraham Jeditoe, of Hamilton Township, later died as a result of his injuries.
Police investigate the scene of a homicide on Chambers Street where it is believed a man was stabbed multiple times in the stomach. (Trentonian photo/SCOTT KETTERER)
Follow our coverage here at Homicide Watch Trenton and at Trentonian.com as these stories develop.
Additional photos from the scenes along East State Street and on Chambers Street:
Police are on the scene of a shooting in the 800-block of East State Street in Trenton Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Another apparently related scene was several blocks away at East State near Olden Avenue. (Trentonian photo/Jackie Schear)
Police block off a section of East State Street on Sunday Aug. 4, 2013 following multiple homicides and a car accident that has left one woman in stable condtion and another fighting for her life at Capital Health Regional Medical Center on Sunday August 4, 2013. (Trentonian photo/SCOTT KETTERER)
TPD at shooting scene in the 800-block of East State St. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. (Trentonian photo/Jaclie Schear)