Stray Bullet Kills 9-years-old Girl in Her New Jersey Home
BRIDGETON, NJ — July 18, 2018
Shots rang out in the middle of the night in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Four bullets hit an unoccupied parked car, but one bullet went into 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo's home through a back wall and hit the young girl as she was asleep in her bed.
Jennifer's family took her to Inspira Hospital in Bridgeton where she was pronounced dead, police said.
According to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae, numerous 9mm shell casings were found in the area and it's not clear if the casings were from one gun or more than one.
Local police departments are checking out a few names in connection with the crime. Officers canvassed the neighborhood and interviewed dozens of people. A $10,000 reward is available for information leading to an arrest, prosecutors said.
Anyone with information that can assist the investigation is urged to contact the incident room or their local police station.
"We need the public’s help in general," Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari Sr. said in a statement, "but when an incident such as this happens to such a young and innocent victim, we could really use the assistance in bringing those responsible to justice immediately."
"This is the worst day of my political life -- I've been in office for 8 years," Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly said at a news conference Tuesday. "I'm outraged."
"Citizens of Bridgeton -- come forward," he added. "So that something like this never, never, never happens again. There are no words for how our community is feeling right now."
"I'm pleading with the community. Somebody knows who was out there last evening shooting at other individuals," she continued. "We need to solve this crime."