Trenton man with gang-linked gun convicted in 2021 shooting
TRENTON — A 19-year-old townsman was sentenced to eight years behind bars for firing bullets into a moving vehicle following an altercation inside a grocery store last fall.
Kevion Watkins had pleaded guilty to second degree aggravated assault for the incident which left a person with a gunshot wound to the hand, and a state grand jury had indicted Watkins on two counts of attempted first degree murder, of two second-degree counts. aggravated assault and numerous weapons charges, including one related to his use of a “community weapon”.
On the morning of October 2, 2021, police responded to a ShotSpotter alert of two bullets fired on Oakland Street. Watkins was arrested as he attempted to exit a nearby apartment building after fleeing the shooting, authorities said.
Police recovered the weapon, with a defaced serial number, from under a floor mat in a common area of the building.
Grocery store surveillance captured footage of the two victims involved in a physical altercation with a group of people inside the store. The pair then exited the deli and got into a Chevy Impala. Footage from exterior cameras showed an individual, later identified as Watkins, running down the street and firing two bullets into the victims’ car as he passed.
A bullet hit the driver’s hand. The other occupant is unharmed.
“Firing a weapon at a moving vehicle on a public street is unacceptable and egregious,” Attorney General Matthew Platkin said. “We will continue to aggressively pursue those who disregard public safety, as we work to reduce gun violence that threatens New Jersey communities.”
According to the Attorney General’s office, the weapon Watkins used is linked to at least one prior shooting – a May 2020 incident in which members of the “violent street gang Get Money Boys or ‘GMB'” allegedly opened fire on a group of individuals in Trenton, injuring two men.
The suspects charged in the May 2020 incident were among 20 alleged GMB members and associates who were charged last year in connection with a series of shootings in Trenton. Watkins is not one of them.
Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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