The mainstream media appears to be strangely mum after a mass shooting in New Jersey that left 22 people injured and one dead.
Could it be the facts surrounding the shooting at a Trenton arts festival did not line up with the liberal narrative about gun violence?
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called for more gun control less than 24 hours after the incident in which 17 of the 22 injured suffered from gunshot wounds.
Police say this morning’s shooting incident that left 22 people hurt at an arts festival in Trenton, NJ was sparked by a gang dispute. A suspect killed by police had just been released from prison. 13 year old critically hurt is now stable
— Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN) June 17, 2018
But what the first-term Democrat in his first elected office failed to address were the other glaring facts in the story: the suspect’s gang membership and his early release from prison seem to have not been factors in Murphy’s assessment.
More from NBC Philadelphia:
A New Jersey arts and music festival turned deadly early Sunday morning when a barrage of bullets flew into a large crowd, sending attendees stampeding and leaving 22 people, including a 13-year-old boy, injured and one suspect dead, authorities said.
The chaos broke out at the Arts All Night festival in Trenton around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, according to investigators.
Officials said several fights sparked by disputes between neighborhood gangs broke out prior to the shooting. They also said officers warned that the event needed to be shut down before the shooting took place.
A second suspect, identified as 23-year-old Amir Armstrong, remained in the hospital in stable condition and was facing a weapons charge, while a third suspect was in critical condition, Fox News reported.
“Wells was killed during the shooting…had just been released from prison …been on parole since February for homicide…Armstrong was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun…”
For homicide. pic.twitter.com/7UMfrvDWgD
— Maggie Leber (@MaggieL) June 17, 2018
— News12NJ (@News12NJ) June 17, 2018
“It’s yet another reminder of the senseless gun violence, even having signed six stringent gun laws last week,” Murphy said at a news conference Sunday following a service at Trenton’s Galilee Baptist Church.
We awoke to news of a mass shooting right here in Trenton.
Art All Night is a time when we all come together. We cannot let gun violence tear us apart.
These are not inappropriate times to talk about gun policy. These are the most important times to talk about gun policy. pic.twitter.com/EJtM7iLOPN
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 17, 2018
But the governor, a former Goldman Sachs banker who served as President Obama’s ambassador to Germany, missed some key points.
According to Fox News:
But it turns out that Wells had been released from prison in February, despite receiving an 18-year state prison sentence in 2004 on an aggravated manslaughter conviction in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man, NJ.com reported.
And in 2010, while still in prison, Wells was sentenced to six additional years after pleading guilty to a second-degree racketeering charge. He reportedly helped a gang leader run the group from inside prison.
So despite two lengthy sentences that should have left Wells serving time behind bars into the 2020s, he was back on the streets and able to commit Sunday’s crime.
Earlier this year, Murphy had resurrected the Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission, created in 2009, as part of his criminal justice reform agenda which promised to “expand re-entry services, so that the people coming out of prison have the support they need to return to productive lives.”
A prisoner reentry program created by former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey, which received $4 million under former Gov. Chris Christie, had its funding slashed by Murphy, according to NJ.com.
Why isn’t a mass shooting with 20 shot the night before Father’s Day trending nationally? An AR-15 wasn’t used, it was in a state with some of the strictest gun laws and it was likely caused by a gang beef. All narrative killers so they won’t run with it. https://t.co/t12T75EGob
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 17, 2018
Law enforcement in Trenton, NJ says mass shooting at an arts festival overnight was gang related. 1 suspect killed, 1 arrested. 22 people injured… most by gunshots. I’ll have the latest on @NBCNightlyNews. pic.twitter.com/uEHPpHPROh
— Blake McCoy (@BlakeNBC) June 17, 2018
New Jersey Moms Demand Action volunteers were at the arts festival where they had a booth. Apparently none of the gang members involved in Sunday’s shooting stopped by their table to check out their anti-gun violence material.
Reports indicate that at least 22 people were injured when gunfire broke out at an arts festival in Trenton, NJ. One suspected gunman was killed and another is in police custody. NJ Moms Demand Action volunteers had a booth at the event. https://t.co/03LveYJPrO
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) June 17, 2018
Just another gang gun fight. Illegal guns obtained illegally by those who ignored gun laws. Prohibition on guns works as well as prohibition on alcohol.
— Darth Vengeance (@mrwilliamsworld) June 17, 2018
It doesent fit the script.
— Richard Booth (@Richard57795713) June 17, 2018
Best part is, the Dem Gov, is restricting guns even more, and guess what??? He’s raising taxes!!! Go figure. Have fun NJ. @BillSpadea
— Jim Crown (@JimCrown3) June 17, 2018
Yeah, where’s @davidhogg111 and his rabid followers? If it doesn’t fit their narrative they’re pedaling frantically in the opposite direction! Such hypocrites.
— Beth Mosher (@BethMosher5) June 18, 2018