Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tons of Guns: Shooting at Oakland & Coolidge in Trenton

TRENTON -- "You can pray for the shit to, like, cease. But until then a n---a's gonna pack a piece."

The late Guru of Gangstarr sang that line in the rap "Tons of Guns" -- which is Trenton's biggest problem. Last night someone (or maybe more) pumped a Trenton cop car with at least 5 rounds from what a police source called a ".30-30 rifle" over at Stuyvesant near Hayes. Neither cop was hit. Today, a gunman over at 104 Oakland near Coolidge in the dark heart of the west ghetto fired off anywhere between 12 and 20 rounds. No one was hit, and a large Trenton police response that included the TAC Unit swarmed in to arrest the shooter. At least one of them. We're getting reports there may have been another shooter.

I got lucky and found a woman who videotaped the man who was arrested as cops walked him to the car. Here are some of the photos I took of the scene.

Sgt. Manzo talks to Alex of The Times and Sherrina of The Trentonian

Sgt. Manzo and his 24-inch pythons

After the fact

Here's the cop who was holding that SKS from the "Food For Guns" exchange.

TAC Unit cop

Coolidge looking toward Oakland