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Trenton Brothers Shot Dead: Ages 16, 8

Gustavo Perez, left, and his younger brother, Johnny, were shot and killed in Trenton.
Gustavo Perez, left, and his younger brother, Johnny, were shot and killed in Trenton. Photo Credit: Provided

UPDATED: Two brothers, ages 16 and 8, were fatally shot late Tuesday inside their home in Trenton, authorities said. 

Johnny Perez, 8, and Gustavo Perez, 16, were struck and killed when shots were fired through a second-floor window, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.

The suspects remained at large.

Trenton Police Director Sheilah Coley said the home was targeted but not necessarily the boys who were each shot once.

The shooting deaths mark the 34th and 35th homicides this year in the state capital, more than double all of 2019 -- when there were 16 homicides, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.

The most homicides in a year in Trenton occurred in 2013 when there were 37, officials said.

According to initial reports, the shooting occurred at about 10:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Mulberry Street.

The suspects fired multiple shots into the second floor of the home and ran from the scene, according to the prosecutor's office.

The two brothers were struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The fatal shooting remains under investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and Trenton Police Department.

Anyone with information is urged to call 609- 989-6406. Tips also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.

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