More Arrests in Teen Funeral Shooting

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    TK
    Mercer County Prosecutor's Office

    Police have made three more arrests in connection to a shooting at a teenager's funeral in Trenton, N.J. last month.

    Alleged shooters Samier Vincent, Lawrence Sutphin, Samuel Vincent, and Terrance Maddox were taken into custody on April 28 -- a week after the shooting.

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    On April 22, during funeral services for 19-year-old Cagney Labon Roberts at the Galilee Baptist Church on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, police say gunfire erupted.

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    More than 1,000 people were inside the church at the time of the shooting. Two men were hit, one woman was grazed, and two other women were hurt following the shooting.

    Trenton Police Lieutenant Mark Kieffer said that in his 22 years on the force, he's never seen a shooting like it in the city before.

    "There were over 1,000 people inside and outside of the church, and there were people running all over. It was a mess," Kieffer said.

    According to Kieffer, the mere fact that the shooting occurred in a church, led members of the community to come to police with information that led to the arrests.

    "The church is supposed to be a safe haven. So when you're shooting in front of or inside of a church, once you do that, people are going to come forward," he said.

    "This kind of thing doesn't happen in Trenton, so we kind of took it personal. It took a lot of man power and hours of investigation. The more people we talked to the more people we found were involved."

    The newly implicated men face a slew of charges including possession of a firearm with purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of another, and possessing a handgun without a permit to carry.

    Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera said five weapons were recovered from the church building and a parking lot adjacent to the church.

    The day of the shooting, police arrested Lawrence Sutphin as he tried to drive away from the scene. Officers who were already gathered outside the church were able to apprehend him.

    Police records indicate that, at the time of his arrest, Sutphin was in possession of a handgun that had been reported stolen in Falls Township. His bail has been set for $200,000.

    In addition to other charges, Samuel Vincent and Samier Vincent were both charged with knowingly possessed a defaced firearm, where the serial number had been removed. Samuel Vincent's handgun was reportedly loaded with hollow point bullets. Bail has been set for more than $100,000 for both men.

    According to police records, Terrance Maddox was previously convicted of burglary and possession of a firearm in N.J. Maddox was also charged with knowingly possessing a defaced firearm. His bail has been set for $150,000.

    Kieffer said there may be additional arrests. The investigation of the shooting is ongoing.

    "We believe there are additional people involved. We're working in conjunction with the Mercer County Prosecutor, the State Attorney General, along with community members and pastors, and we're gonna do our best to put these people in jail and put them away for a long time."