Victim in alleged speakeasy killing identified

Charles White

Charles White (Contributed photo)

By Shaheed M. Morris
For The Trentonian

Authorities have identified the man who was killed in Saturday’s early morning shooting that also left five people injured at an alleged after-hours club on the 900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Charles White, 43, was shot in the head and pronounced dead around 10 a.m. at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, said First Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.

Three other victims were shot during the incident. A 30-year-old man who was shot in the chest remains in critical condition. A second 30-year-old man was shot in the ankle and a 23-year-old female was shot in the shoulder and hip. The latter two are expected to survive.
The victims were all shot inside the club, Onofri said.

White allegedly lived above the North Ward club. According to friends of White’s he went by the nickname of X.

Sharule Bowser, a longtime friend of White’s remembers, his ability to work a room and put a smile on everyone’s face.

“X was a people’s person,” Bowser said. “He owned several clothing stores and a bar at one point. He was a good man.”

Among the injured, two female victims were burned by scalding grease while attempting to flee the chaos, according to police. One had minor burns, while the other sustained more severe burns and was taken to the Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston for treatment.

Investigators obtained search warrants to further their investigation. The New Jersey State Police Crime Scene Unit processed and photographed the scene yesterday.

As of late Sunday, police apparently finished their active scene investigation.  The 900 block of the boulevard was re-opened to traffic.

A curbside memorial with a white bedsheet with written remarks was placed on the building where the shooting took place. Alcohol bottles and candles were visible on the sidewalk.

The incident remains under investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police. No arrests had been made as of press time.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force (609) 989-6406, or use the Trenton police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663. Tipsters may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tipline at (609) 278-8477.

Those wishing to text a tip regarding the killing or any of the other crimes can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

—Trentonian staff reporter Scott Ketterer contributed to this report

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