Credit: Mercer County Prosecutor's Office / Kareem Pygum, 43, of Trenton

Trenton, NJ(PBN) – Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced that a joint investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Shooting Response Team has led to the arrest of a Trenton man in connection with the shooting death of Jose Alfredo Azcona Garcia.

Kareem Pygum, 43, of Trenton, faces serious charges including one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree aggravated assault, and three weapons offenses, including possession of a weapon by a prohibited person. Pygum was apprehended on April 10 on Hudson Street in Trenton by members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department. During his arrest, Pygum was found in possession of a small quantity of crack cocaine and a .38 Smith & Wesson revolver, leading to additional charges being filed against him. The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Pygum pending trial.

The incident leading to Pygum’s arrest occurred just after 8 p.m. on April 4, 2024, when Trenton police responded to reports of a shooting in progress in the 500 block of N. Clinton Avenue. Upon arrival, officers discovered two adult victims with gunshot wounds. A male victim had sustained a gunshot to his head, while a female victim had been shot in the shoulder. Both were rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment. Tragically, Jose Alfredo Azcona Garcia, 46, of Trenton, succumbed to his injuries on April 9 due to a gunshot wound to the head. A third adult male victim with a graze wound to his left cheek was also later identified.

Thomas Peterson is the Editor in Chief and founder of Peterson’s Breaking News of Trenton. Thomas founded PBT in 2012.