10 wounded following shooting at New Jersey bar, say police

At least two gunmen fired into a crowd outside a bar in New Jersey's capital city, wounding 10 people, two critically, but the motive for the shooting remains unknown, authorities said.

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said a vehicle pulled up to the corner outside Ramoneros Liquor and Bar in Trenton at about 12:25 a.m. Saturday and when the shooters fired more than 30 shots before fleeing.

Five men and five women were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds. Two of the male victims were listed in critical but stable condition while the others were in stable condition.

Police Director Sheilah Coley said the 10 victims — eight Trenton residents, one person from Ewing Township and one from Willingboro — were "just out for a night of fun and then it turned into a night of violence." She said police were looking at surveillance footage and trying to identify the vehicle. State police were now providing help in patrolling the city, she said.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Jacksonville Sheriff's boats secure the docks in front of Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Jacksonville Sheriff's officers patrol around the ships at Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Jacksonville Sheriff's officers patrol the St. Johns River in front of Jacksonville landing after a shooting on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Foot and car traffic is forbidden near Jacksonville Landing after a shooting on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Police officers cordon off a street outside The Jacksonville Landing after a shooting during a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: Jacksonville Sheriff's officers investigate the shooting at Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
Taylor Poindexter speaks to reporters after witnessing a gunman open fire on gamers participating in a video game tournament outside The Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette
A man holds a sign in support of gun control outside of The Jacksonville Landing after a shooting in Jacksonville, Florida August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joey Roulette
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: Jacksonville Sheriff officers helps keep the perimeter secure as law enforcement investigates a shooting at the GLHF Game Bar which uses the same entrance as the Chicago Pizza place (seen in the center to the rear) at the Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament and initial reports indicate 3 people were killed including the gunman and several others were wounded. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: Toshiba Sheron talks across the street from Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Sheron was inside the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament when the shooting occurred. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: A Jacksonville Sheriff crime scene unit's van is seen as law enforcement investigates a shooting at the GLHF Game Bar which uses the same entrance as the Chicago Pizza place (seen behind the van) at the Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament, with initial reports indicating three people dead, including the gunman, and several others wounded. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: Police tape is seen as law enforcement officials investigate a shooting at the GLHF Game Bar located in the Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament and initial reports indicate 3 people were killed including the gunman and several others were wounded. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: The Jacksonville Landing, along the St Johns river, is seen as law enforcement investigates a shooting at the GLHF Game Bar on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament and initial reports indicate 3 people were killed including the gunman and several others were wounded. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 27: A Jacksonville Sheriff officer walks past the GLHF Game Bar where 3 people including the gunman were killed at the Jacksonville Landing on August 27, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooting occurred at the GLHF Game Bar during a Madden 19 video game tournament and initial reports indicate 3 people were killed including the gunman and several others were wounded. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 26: A heavy police presence remains into the night at the shooting outside Jacksonville Landing on August 26, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. A shooting rampage during a Madden 19 video game tournament at the site claimed four lives, with several others wounded, according to published reports. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)
This photo shows a police car behind police tape blocking a street leading to the Jacksonville Landing area in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, August 26, 2018, where two people were killed and 11 others wounded. - Two people were killed and 11 others wounded on August 26 when a video game tournament competitor went on a shooting rampage before turning the gun on himself in the northern Florida city of Jacksonville, local police said. Sheriff Mike Williams named the suspect of the shooting at a Madden 19 American football eSports tournament as 24-year-old David Katz from Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Gianrigo MARLETTA / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIANRIGO MARLETTA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mayor Reed Gusciora said police were investigating whether gang rivalries could have been behind the shooting, since "this is a bar where many outsiders from neighborhoods all co-mingle."

Coley, however, cautioned that some witnesses reported that the driver of the car had been beeping the horn due to backed-up traffic.

"So we're not saying that this is road rage and we're not saying that this is a retaliation, because the truth of the matter is we just don't know at this point," she said.

The shooting came almost a year after gunfire erupted at a 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey's capital city, killing one suspect and injuring nearly two dozen people. About 1,000 people were attending the June 17 Art All Night festival that showcases local art, music, food and films. Authorities said the shooting stemmed from a neighborhood gang dispute.

Gusciora said officials had to address "socio-economic problems where many young people have given up hope."

"Trenton cannot become a tale of two cities: one that is moving toward progress in economic development and improvements in education, while at the same time an unsafe environment for young people due to gun violence," he said. The mayor added, however, that despite New Jersey's strict gun laws, weapons come in from surrounding states with fewer restrictions, "and ultimately it's going to have to be the federal government that's going to have to step up to the plate."

At-large city council member Jerell Blakeley said on Facebook that "Every time the weather breaks, the madness descends in this city." He said such "carnage" is becoming a more common occurrence, and improving the situation would take "a multifaceted and strategic deployment of resources in the government, education, social service, conflict resolution, mental health and law enforcement arenas."

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