Autopsy: Victim found in burning car was shot to death first

The death of a victim found Saturday inside a burning car on Hart Avenue has been ruled a homicide, according to police sources.

Around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to the 100 block of Hart Avenue to investigate a burning car, and sources told The Trentonian that a victim was found inside the vehicle. Scanner reports at the time indicated that police were told there were gunshots just before and shortly after the fire began.

On Tuesday, a medical examiner determined the victim’s manner of death to be a homicide. And the cause of death is a gunshot wound, sources say.

Prosecutors say further testing is needed to positively identify the victim, and at this time the incident remains under investigation.

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

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