Man shot in Trenton Wednesday afternoon dies in hospital

Zaire Gibbs

Zaire Gibbs

The man who was shot Wednesday afternoon during what investigators believe was an argument regarding drugs has died from his injuries.

His death is the second homicide to occur in the capital city this week, and he is the ninth person to die by gunfire in Trenton this year, which is greater than the number of people who were murdered by this time in 2015.

Zaire Gibbs, 25, was shot around 3:50 p.m Wednesday while in the first block of Washington Street. He died at the hospital Thursday afternoon after having emergency surgery and being held overnight in the intensive care unit in extremely critical condition.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said a bullet entered Gibbs’ left shoulder and then traveled toward his heart, causing extensive bleeding.

Detectives believe Gibbs and the shooter were arguing about drugs prior to the incident, according to sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the investigation. Sources also said the suspect fired at Gibbs while he was running away.

As of press time, no one has been arrested in connection with the killing.

So far this year, three people have been murdered in the West Ward, one person has been killed in the South Ward and five homicides have occurred in the East Ward, which includes the death of 38-year-old Elvin Grimsley, who was killed Wednesday evening in the Chambersburg section of the city a few hours after Gibbs was shot.

Anyone with information about the murders is asked to call police at 609-989-4155, or contact the Trenton Police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663. Individuals may also call the Trenton 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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