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Armed Man in Vehicle Fired 18 Rounds at Juveniles in Hamilton Township; Injuries

Hamilton Township (Mercer)

Authorities in Mercer County are looking for a suspect who shot a child in Hamilton Township on Saturday. 

Police said at approximately 6:34 p.m., Hamilton Police were dispatched to Greenwood and Connecticut avenues on a report of shots fired with one person struck in the leg.

Officers located a juvenile victim bleeding from his upper left leg upon arrival.  

Police said a bystander was applying pressure to the area, and Hamilton Police Officers applied a tourniquet to control the bleeding.  

According to police, firefighters from Engine 14 arrived on the scene and assisted with treating the victim.

Officers spoke to the juvenile victims, who stated they were hanging out on the corner of Greenwood and Connecticut avenues when they were approached by males in a silver/gray Honda.

Police said the rear right passenger rolled down the window and began yelling at the juveniles.  

According to authorities, the juveniles started to run away when the suspect brandished a handgun and started firing at them.  

Police say the vehicle then fled the scene down Connecticut Avenue towards Hamilton Avenue. After canvassing the scene, officers located eighteen shell casings at the scene.  

The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg and head. He was transported to Bristol-Myers Squibb Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick for further treatment and is in stable condition.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Frank Palmieri of the Hamilton Police Division’s Criminal Investigations Section at 609-581-4041 or the Hamilton Police Crime Tip Hotline at 609-581-4008.