Trenton besieged by gun violence

TRENTON, N.J. - August 17, 2013

The capital city of Trenton is awash in gun violence and officials are trying to stop the tide. The mayor's circumstances complicate matters, though.

Mayor Tony Mack is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges and few people want to be publicly associated with him.

Instead, Gov. Chris Christie has turned to the attorney general, and uniformed state police will now patrol Trenton's most violent streets. Prosecutors plan to seek tough prison sentences in illegal weapons cases.

This year, 30 people have died in homicides in Trenton and 150 have been shot. The city's on pace to surpass its deadliest year - 2005 - when 35 people were killed.

The mayor was not available for comment on the city's violence.

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