Bullet-riddled SUV leads police to suspects in Trenton shooting
TRENTON » A distinctive bullet-riddled SUV led police to arrest three teens associated with a street crew accused of wreaking havoc in East Trenton and shooting another kid earlier this week.
“These three kids are part of a violent group and now they’re off the streets, so hopefully we’ll have some peace in that area,” Lt. Rolando Ramos said.
Issac Fisher, 18, and two 17-year-old males are charged with attempted murder and related weapons offenses in connection with a broad-daylight shooting that happened in front of Fernandez Super Market at the intersection of Morris and Whittaker avenues.
Officials say one of the teens acted as the driver, while the other two jumped out of a gold Chevy Trailblazer around 1:45 p.m. Monday and chased another 17-year-old male through the street. The victim survived the ambush, suffering a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
The suspects fled in the SUV after the shooting, but it wasn’t hard for police to track them down. Officials say the Chevy the teens used was riddled with bullet holes from a prior shooting.
Detectives patrolled the city Wednesday specifically searching for the SUV and found it occupied by four people in the area of Calhoun Street and Pennington Avenue. Fisher and the two previously mentioned 17-year-olds were in the vehicle, according to police who say the investigation revealed the fourth person was not involved in Monday’s shooting.
Further investigation led police to the 300 block of Church Street where they found a .40 caliber handgun believed to be the weapon used Monday. Police also found clothing the alleged triggerman wore during the shooting.
“This was great work by the Shooting Response Team and our intelligence unit,” Ramos said. “This group of guys are part of a crew that have been active in prior incidents in East Trenton. Putting them away will hopefully limit some of the drug and violent activity in that area.”
Officials say the motive for Monday’s shooting stems from a prior ongoing dispute between two rival factions.