Second Monday murder victim identified
The second man who was killed Monday afternoon has been identified as 19-year-old Ivan Rodriguez, of Philadelphia.
Rodriguez and 25-year-old Jerard Perdomo-Santana, who was identified Tuesday, were in a car near the intersection of Ashmore Avenue and Washington Street around 2:30 p.m. when gunfire rang out. Both of them were later pronounced dead at the hospital.
A third victim who survived the shooting drove a separate vehicle to the hospital, where he was later questioned by detectives.
A witness previously told The Trentonian she barely escaped being shot after finding herself caught in the crossfire on the way home from the grocery store. She said she saw at least one shooter drop a weapon out of a car window before fleeing the scene. The woman said she didn’t get a good look at the suspect because she was busy taking cover.
“They shot towards me,” the woman whose first name is Vivian said. “I don’t know if they were just shootin’ for the hell of it. Next thing you know, they threw the gun out. I was scared.”
Law enforcement sources say an alert broadcast immediately after the shooting advised assisting police units to be on the lookout for a green car believed to be the suspect’s vehicle. That car later arrived at the hospital occupied by the surviving gunshot victim.
Investigators say it’s too early to say what motivated the shooting, but detectives found two guns that were dumped at the scene during the aftermath.
So far this year, three people have been murdered in the capital city.
Trentonian staff writers Penny Ray and Isaac Avilucea contributed to this report.