1 dead in Waterbury homicide - WFSB 3 Connecticut

1 dead in Waterbury homicide

Waterbury police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year, which occurred early Friday morning.

A man on a motorcycle was shot a number of times in the area of Hanover and Boyden streets, police said.

Neighbors living on Hanover Street say they heard a number of gun shots  Friday morning. Police say they believe someone targeted 28-year-old Luis Cruz of Waterbury.  

Police do not have a suspect, but are looking for a four-door sedan, possibly a black or dark red Acura. They believe that the driver of the car might know something about the murder.

On Friday, bullet shells were scattered all over Boyden street, as police crime scene investigators looked for more evidence, combing the street, even searching under a car.

Police said it was just before 2 a.m. when two men approached Cruz on his T-Rex, a three- wheel, two seater motorcycle.  Police said one of the men opened fire, hitting Cruz a number of times.  The bike ended in the bushes.  Cruz was pronounced dead at the scene.

"When I saw it, it gave me the chills.  Actually seen that motorcycle around here for three weeks.  Everybody had been commenting what a nice motorcycle it was, said Evick Perez of Waterbury.

While it's still early in the investigation, police said preliminary information suggests this was not a random act and that Cruz was targeted.

"I looked through the window, didn't see no movement.  Heard eight gun shots, that's all I know," said a neighbor.  

Off camera, friends tell Eyewitness News that Cruz was out Friday night with a group of other bikers.

They said Cruz, a father of a little boy, recently bought the T-Rex, treating himself for his birthday.  Friends claim he owned a corner store in town and that he came into money after winning a multiple million dollar settlement from a motorcycle accident.

As police continue to investigate, those living in the neighborhood said  it's a shock to wake up to a crime scene in the morning.

"To see something like this happen in a neighborhood that doesn't have much crime, it's kind of scary to see somebody murdered on this road," said Jordan Betancourt of Waterbury.

Anyone with information is asked to give the Waterbury Crimestoppers tip line a call 203-755-1234.