Police investigating homicide on Hart Avenue in Trenton

Not even a full week into the new year and police are investigating a homicide in the 100 block of Hart Avenue.

Police were called to the scene initially around 7:11 p.m. for a car on fire at the end intersection of Hart Avenue and Hurley streets. The fire department responded and found the burning car at end of the street next to a fence adjacent to the Assunpink Creek.

Scanner reports indicated that police were told that there had been gunshots just before and shortly after the raging fire.

Sources tell The Trentonian that the victim was found in the burning vehicle, though police at the scene would not comment on the specifics. The burned red Pontiac Grand Prix remained on the snow covered scene while officers canvassed the neighborhood. Some neighborhood residents watched from their front stoops, but did not comment on the scene at the end of the block.

The victim’s identity is unknown and at this time and the incident remains under investigation.

Both detectives from Trenton Police and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office were on scene investigating. Calls placed seeking further information were not immediately returned.

Earlier in the day another man was found dead in the 1100 block of Brunswick Avenue, sources said that man who has yet to be identified was likely a victim of the frigid cold temperatures. Further details regarding that discovery were not immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Trenton Police confidential tipline at (609) 989-3663 or the Crime Stoppers tipline at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip regarding the killing can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

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