Man shot and killed on Pearl Street in Trenton

Whether it rains or snows, bullets seem to hail the capital city.

A man was shot and killed Tuesday evening, marking this year’s first homicide.

Police said they received several calls reporting a person shot around 6:40 p.m. in the 200 block of Pearl Street. Law enforcement would not confirm how many times the victim was shot, but police scanners reported a gunshot wound to the chest. The victim was taken to St. Francis Medical Center by ambulance and was later pronounced dead.

Balled up clothing is seen laying amongst ice on a mostly plowed  Pearl Street in Trenton on Tuesday Jan. 27, 2014. Scott Ketterer - The Trentonian)

Balled up clothing is seen laying amongst ice on a mostly plowed Pearl Street in Trenton on Tuesday Jan. 27, 2014. Scott Ketterer - The Trentonian)

The night was cold and the scene was dreary as police collected evidence from the shooting. A pile of clothes, that presumably belonged to the victim, laid in the middle of a partially plowed street. When a spectator walked by and was told about the shooting, she replied “that’s f***ed up.”

The shooting happened in the East Ward, where five murders occurred last year. Police say the area of Hudson and Pearl streets, where the shooting occurred, is a hotspot for drug activity. But they do not have a motive for Tuesday’s killing.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending family notification.

The case is being investigated by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force. Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call (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 can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

-Trentonian reporter Scott Ketterer contributed to this report.

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