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Five-Year-Old Shot In Jersey City

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Earlier this week five-year-old Jaden Thaxton was gunned down near his apartment in Jersey City in broad daylight.

This tragic incident occurred just hours after Mayor Steve Fulop announced a summer-long anti-violence initiative and the arrests of 103 people.

Mark Klein was an eyewitness to the shooting. He says a car coming down Martin Luther King Boulevard rained bullets on the courtyard where Thaxton was playing. He got hit in the stomach and stumbled 20 or so feet before collapsing, sending onlookers into a state of panic.

“I came out here and it was just complete chaos. There were people standing around crying, yelling. There were 20 or 30 cops at least around, it was complete chaos,” he recalled.

Members of the community, like Warren Moore, say they’re horrified by this situation.

“Ya know his mom walked up, I held her and told her to be strong for her son. My heart goes out to him because I can relate also to him because I have got shot before when I was younger,” he said.

Although Police Chief Robert Cowan says crime data places Jersey City cops in the places they’re needed most, some residents like Lourdes Rivera feel that more needs to be done in this part of town to make sure another tragedy like this doesn’t happen again.

“There’s cops down here and cameras, whatever, whatever, but they need more security up and down this area, it’s not a good area,” she said.

Jersey City Medical Center spokesman Mark Rabson confirmed that Thaxton is in stable condition. His mom, Tiffany Thaxton, has been with him at the hospital and he’ll be discharged within 24 hours.


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