Mercer County authorities said Trenton police were called at about 7:30 pm Friday to a reported fistfight in a large crowd in the Kingsbury Square courtyard.
An alert was also received from the ShotSpotter system, officials said.
The girl, later identified as SeQuoya Bacon-Jones, was found with a single gunshot wound and rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, then to Robert Wood Johnson New Brunswick Hospital, NJ.com reported.
She was pronounced dead shortly before midnight, authorities said.
Family friend Jessica Dexter says Bacon-Jones was a vibrant young girl who had her whole life ahead of her.
“I feel like I lost a kid myself. Even though she wasn’t my kid, she was still my kid. I just saw her Thursday,” Dexter said.
No other shooting injuries were reported.
Officials said private security officers were on the premises at the time of the shooting.
Mayor Reed Gusciora called the death “horrific” Saturday and said there were many eyewitnesses who could help hold the person responsible accountable.
“Please, we must step up together,” he said in a statement Saturday. “I’m grieving for the family and friends whose hearts are absolutely broken this morning. I know investigators are doing everything they can to bring about justice. But they need help from our residents.”
Gusciora says he does not believe she was the intended target.
Trenton police and the Mercer County homicide task force are investigating.
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