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Arrests made in shooting of toddler from New Haven

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New Haven police have two people in custody in connection with the shooting of toddler in New Haven last week.

Tramire Miller, 16 months, was injured by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting in New Haven Wednesday afternoon. The shooting happened on the corner of Kensington Street and Edgewood Avenue just after 2:30 p.m. 

The boy was hit in the stomach and rushed to St. Raphael's Hospital by his father. He was released from the hospital Friday.

Police arrested Joseph Metteus, 18, from Chapel Street in New Haven and have a warrant for Tythrone Ford, 19, who is currently in jail for a parole violation. The drive-by shooting was retaliation for the shooting that occurred on Steven Street, police officials said.

According to police, both men are believed to be involved with a gang known as the Grape Street Crips, which has roots in California, and are known to be rivals with the Tre Bloods who are located on Kensington Street.

"There's gangs in the city. There's always been gangs in the city," said Assistant Police Chief Archie Generoso. "We've always had a gang problem."

In March, 11 members were arrested for allegedly selling crack cocaine.

"These boys need help. They need guidance," said neighbor Delisa Tolson. "They're being misguided."

Metteus, who has a long criminal history including assault charges, is being held on a $2.5 million bond and appeared in New Haven Superior Court Monday. Ford was arrested for violating parole and is expected to appear in New Haven Superior Court on these charges Tuesday.

Police officials said they believe that Ford and Metteus, who both fired during the shooting, knew that they shot the child, but he was never the intended target.

Late Monday morning, the police held a press conference to announce the arrests. Timothy Miller held his son during the press conference and showed reporters, the bandages that covered the gunshot wound.

"Words can't even express how grateful we are," said mother Sherie Miller.

According to New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman, officers searched Metteus's Chapel Street house and found one of the guns used in the drive-by shooting.

"We cherished our children. We cherish our families," he said. "A child of New Haven is a child of us all."

Many officers came in on their day off and assisted the FBI, the secret service and parole agencies with the investigation, according to Esserman.

"We believe we have the right two people," Generoso said. "We believe we will make further arrests in this incident."

Police said New Haven residents need to take back their city and neighborhoods.

"People in the neighborhood have to come out and take control of their own neighborhood," Generoso said.

Residents said they want the violence to stop, but don't know how to fight back.

"A lot of the younger generation needs people in their family for role models to put them a step ahead in the game," said Vormonduss Stroud of New Haven.

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