Waterbury police are investigating a deadly shooting that occurred after two men robbed an underground gambling club Monday night.
Police said a group of people were playing cards inside 848 N. Main St. about 11 p.m. when two men entered the building and attempted to rob them.
One of the victims got into a struggle with the two suspects and was shot once in the chest.
The victim was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital, where he died from his injuries about an hour later.
This store front has been vacant for about five years. After the shooting, some residents are wondering what's really going on behind the closed doors and locked gates.
"I didn't even know that was open, I thought that was closed," said one unidentified Waterbury resident.
Police said the owner of the building has been allowing people to come in and play card games and gamble.
"One thing we're investigating is who knew about this, and that certainly be a motive for the robbery," said Waterbury police Capt. Chris Corbett.
Some people who were gambling may face charges.
Some property owners told Eyewitness News they wish they could just leave the area.
"If I could get out of here, I'd get out of here, but with finances and the economy, we're stuck," said Joe Perugini.
Police said the suspects are described as two black males between 25 and 30 years old with medium builds.
Anyone who may have information is asked to call Waterbury Police Crimestoppers at 203-755-1234.
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