1 Dead, 3 Hurt After Shooting at After-Hours Club

By Karen Araiza and David Chang
|  Sunday, Mar 9, 2014  |  Updated 12:16 AM EDT
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A shooting at an illegal nightclub in Trenton Saturday morning has left many area residents afraid of the escalating violence in their neighborhood.

Na’eem Douglas, NBC10.Com

A shooting at an illegal nightclub in Trenton Saturday morning has left many area residents afraid of the escalating violence in their neighborhood.

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One person was killed and three people hurt after a shooting at an after-hours club Saturday morning in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey.

Police say the shooting occurred shortly before 5 a.m. at a speakeasy on the 900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Three men and a woman were struck in the shooting. One man died from his injuries, another is in critical condition and the third is in stable condition. The woman is also in stable condition.

Police have not yet identified the man who died.

Police also say two other people were injured after they were burned by cooking oil when the shooting began.

Trenton's interim mayor, George Muschal, came to the scene himself and called for the city's inspections department to shut down the club, which he says is operating illegally.

"This is uncalled for. It's done by thugs, criminals in the after-hours speakeasy that should've never been in operation," said Muschal.

Dozens of shell casings were on the ground when NBC10 photographer John Panfile arrived on the scene. Police are searching for at least one gunman.

Muschal said one of the bigger issues that he plans to address is a lack of police presence in the area at night.

Muschal was sworn in as the city's acting mayor in late February after a state judge ruled that mayor Tony Mack had to step down because as a convicted felon, he was violating state law. Mack was convicted in a federal bribery and extortion case for accepting cash bribes. His brother Raphiel Mack was also convicted.

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