Art festival shooting with 22 injured, one dead doesn’t fit Dem narrative, exposes gang member’s early release

The mainstream media appears to be strangely mum after a mass shooting in New Jersey that left 22 people injured and one dead.

Could it be the facts surrounding the shooting at a Trenton arts festival did not line up with the liberal narrative about gun violence?

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called for more gun control less than 24 hours after the incident in which 17 of the 22 injured suffered from gunshot wounds.

But what the first-term Democrat in his first elected office failed to address were the other glaring facts in the story: the suspect’s gang membership and his early release from prison seem to have not been factors in Murphy’s assessment.

More from NBC Philadelphia:

A New Jersey arts and music festival turned deadly early Sunday morning when a barrage of bullets flew into a large crowd, sending attendees stampeding and leaving 22 people, including a 13-year-old boy, injured and one suspect dead, authorities said.

The chaos broke out at the Arts All Night festival in Trenton around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, according to investigators.

Officials said several fights sparked by disputes between neighborhood gangs broke out prior to the shooting. They also said officers warned that the event needed to be shut down before the shooting took place.


A second suspect, identified as 23-year-old Amir Armstrong, remained in the hospital in stable condition and was facing a weapons charge, while a third suspect was in critical condition, Fox News reported.

“It’s yet another reminder of the senseless gun violence, even having signed six stringent gun laws last week,” Murphy said at a news conference Sunday following a service at Trenton’s Galilee Baptist Church.

But the governor, a former Goldman Sachs banker who served as President Obama’s ambassador to Germany, missed some key points.

According to Fox News:

But it turns out that Wells had been released from prison in February, despite receiving an 18-year state prison sentence in 2004 on an aggravated manslaughter conviction in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man, reported.

And in 2010, while still in prison, Wells was sentenced to six additional years after pleading guilty to a second-degree racketeering charge. He reportedly helped a gang leader run the group from inside prison.

So despite two lengthy sentences that should have left Wells serving time behind bars into the 2020s, he was back on the streets and able to commit Sunday’s crime.


Earlier this year, Murphy had resurrected the Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission, created in 2009, as part of his criminal justice reform agenda which promised to “expand re-entry services, so that the people coming out of prison have the support they need to return to productive lives.”

A prisoner reentry program created by former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey, which received $4 million under former Gov. Chris Christie, had its funding slashed by Murphy, according to

New Jersey Moms Demand Action volunteers were at the arts festival where they had a booth. Apparently none of the gang members involved in Sunday’s shooting stopped by their table to check out their anti-gun violence material.


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