A group of individuals gathered on Union Street in Trenton and turned it into a scene of gunfire that left 4 people shot and one child injured after being struck by an assailant fleeing on a dirt bike. Though the crime rate in Trenton has has had a downward trend for the past 18 years, and that trend is expected to continue through 2018, Trenton has been the scene of several shootings in the recent past. This latest incident could leave the accused facing several criminal charges and even involve a personal injury claim for the child who was struck in an attempt to get away from danger by fleeing suspect(s).
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Mercer County Gun Charges / Injury Claim as Child Flees
According to police four people were wounded and a child was struck by a dirt bike during a shooting in Trenton on Saturday night. The injuries ranged from minor to serous with alt least one of the shooting victims in critical condition.
Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn reported that a group had gathered at the end of Union Street at about 8:30 when several dirt bikes and at least one ATV approached and began shooting. It is possible that at least some in the group returned fire.
A woman and two men, none of whom were identified, were hit by gunfire and transported for treatment at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. A fourth victim managed to travel several blocks before collapsing. He was also transported to Capital and is listed in critical condition.
As the group of perpetrators fled, one of them struck a 7-year old boy, who was attempting to flee the violence, with a dirt bike causing significant injuries to the child. Though the investigation is ongoing Varn reported that the authorities have already recovered two dirt bikes and a handgun.
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From a legal standpoint there are several possible charges waiting for these assailants when they are caught. Weapons charges, from illegally discharging a firearm in a public place to possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose will almost surely be among them. Furthermore there were several vehicle violations including reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. However the most serious charges they could be facing would be the several counts of attempted murder and reckless endangerment.
The family of the 7-year old who was struck by the dirt bike would also be within their rights to pursue a personal injury claim and restitution against the driver of the bike that struck him. Restitution is the money a judge orders the offender to pay to the victims to compensate them for expenses related to the crime. Restitution can be ordered in both adult and juvenile cases as part of the offender’s sentence. It is important to note that an order of restitution does not preclude a victim from seeking a separate civil personal injury claim based on the same facts and events. It is for this reason one should consult a qualified and experienced attorney before agreeing to any settlement or restitution.
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