4 Killed, 3 Hurt in Trenton Violence

Sunday, Aug 4, 2013  |  Updated 8:22 PM EDT
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4 Killed, 3 Hurt in Violent Weekend

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Four people were shot to death and three others were injured during a series of violent incidents in New Jersey's capital city over the weekend.

The first shooting in Trenton came early Saturday, when a 20-year-old city man was killed while walking on a city street.

The next occurred around 11:10 p.m. Saturday, when police received reports of shots fired and pedestrians being struck by a car in the same area. Officers found 52-year-old Barry Church shot to death on the front steps of a home and 23-year-old Hassan Allen fatally shot inside a sport utility vehicle.

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The SUV had struck multiple parked cars and two female pedestrians before it overturned. Carmen Wright, 23, from Philadelphia, was hospitalized in critical condition, while her 22-year-old  cousin was there in stable condition.

While that investigation was ongoing, an 18-year-old Trenton resident sought treatment at a hospital for a gunshot wound to the lower leg.

The final shooting was reported around 8:15 a.m. Sunday, when a man who apparently had been shot in the stomach sought treatment at a hospital. He died there a short time later.

The three homicides bring the city's total to 27 for the year, mostly a result of shootings. The city had 24 slayings in 2012, and is nearing its all-time high of 31, set in 2005.

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