Midnight shooting kills Trenton man, leaves another injured

An early morning shooting in Trenton’s West Ward killed one resident and left another man hospitalized in unknown condition.

Michael Monroe, 31, of Rutherford Avenue, was pronounced dead about 12:40 a.m. Saturday after suffering multiple gunshot wounds on the 100 block of Hoffman Avenue, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

The second victim, a 27-year-old city man, suffered a gunshot wound in the incident and was being treated Saturday at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, authorities said. 

Kathleen Petrucci of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office released few details about the incident via email sent about 6:40 p.m. Saturday. The shooting occurred about 12:13 a.m., she said.

Trenton Police responded to a report of shots fired and found both gunshot victims at the scene. Both victims were rushed to the trauma center. Monroe was pronounced dead at the hospital about 25 minutes after the shooting, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating the murder, which occurred about eight hours after a wild shootout in the area of Passaic and Calhoun streets injured a city teenager, who suffered gunshot wounds to the leg. Trenton Police said one adult has been arrested on gun charges in connection with the late Friday afternoon shooting.

No arrests have been announced in Saturday’s West Ward slaying as of press time. Authorities have not released any suspect descriptions at this time.

Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is urged to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.

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