TRENTON — It was a violent 24 hours in New Jersey's capital city with a home invasion and a daytime shooting that left two people dead.

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said a man was found around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday night with a gunshot wound in his hand on Hewitt Street in the city's Chambersburg section.

Police learned that two other men with gunshot wounds were at St. Francis Medical Center.

One of them, Jomar Rodriguez, 29, of Trenton, was shot multiple times in the chest and pronounced dead at the hospital.

The other man had been shot in the leg, according to the prosecutor.

Investigation of a shooting on Carteret Avenue in Trenton 11/17/22
Investigation of a shooting on Carteret Avenue in Trenton 11/17/22 (Brian McCarthy)

Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Casey DiBlasio said an investigation is underway into the daytime shooting on Carteret Avenue in the West End section

DiBlasio said a parked while Mercedes SUV was fired at "numerous" times by gunfire. A man was found in the driver's seat and was pronounced dead. His identity was not disclosed pending notification of family.

No arrests have been made.

Photos by photojournalist Brian McCarthy for show a vehicle with several bullet holes in the windshield and hood with a broken passenger's side door.

The deaths are the 20th and 21st homicides of the year in Trenton and the second and third within a week.

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