N.J. 13-Year-Old Shot and Killed at Block Party

Published June 8, 2009

A block party held in a New Jersey neighborhood ended in tragedy when a 13-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday evening.

Residents came together for a party hosted by North Ward city council candidate Divine Allah when the shooting occurred.

“It was a nice peaceful cookout,” a neighbor told the Times of Trenton. “Everybody was minding their own business. Next thing you know, pow, pow, pow. All I saw was the cement when I dropped to the ground.”

After she was shot in the back, the girl was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

“It was automatic gunfire, definitely automatic gunfire. And now we’ve got a 13-year-old girl that’s dead,” police Capt. Joe Juniak told the Times of Trenton.

Police don’t have any descriptions of suspects as of yet, and are not sure if there was more than one shooter. However, they are looking for a four-door sedan they believe could be connected to the crime, the paper reports.

Authorities expressed anger and concern over the shooting, which happened during a local “Meet Your Candidate” event for Allah.

“We’re not going to stand for these cowardly acts,” Police Director Irving Bradley Jr.

“No stone will be left unturned to find the people who did this,” a police spokesman said.

Allah also expressed sorrow over the shooting.

“My condolences go to the family. This is a very unfortunate situation,” he said.

Written by BET.com Staff

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