Another person shot dead in Trenton as violence in state capital rises

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TRENTON, NJ – The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department is investigating an overnight shooting at Donnelly Homes that left one man dead.

Just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, Trenton police received a Shot Spotter activation for multiple rounds at 900 Southard Street.  Also, a Trenton Police Donnelly Homes post was parked stationary approximately 50 yards away from the shooting and heard gunshots.  The officers immediately drove toward the shots and encountered the male victim who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim, identified as 26-year-old Melvin Williams of Trenton, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Scott Peterson of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Tips can also be emailed to

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