A 15-year-old was killed late Friday night, and two others were wounded during a violent shooting in the Elm City.
According to police, officers were called to the scene near the intersection of Vernon Street and Davenport Avenue around 9 p.m. Officers found three victims suffering from gunshot wounds. A teen, later identified as Jacob Craggett, died of his wounds at Yale-New Haven Hospital
Police identified the other victims as 22-year-old Timothy Jones, the driver of the vehicle, and 23-year-old Joshua Craggett; each is in critical but stable condition at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. Police said a fourth victim, 17-year-old Jerray Jackson, was in the car with the victims, but was uninjured.
Police believe the car in which the four men were riding was approached by two or more people while it was stopped at the intersection, after which several rounds were shot into the car.
According to Craggett's family, Jacob was getting a ride home from his grandmother's house when he was gunned down.
"I don't wish this on any parent," said Lisa Craggett, Jacob and Joshua Craggett's mother.
Lisa sat on her front porch with three of her five sons Saturday and realized that her life will never be the same.
"At 15 to just be shot and killed like that is awful," Lisa Craggett said.
"It's still shooting to me. I know he's gone, but its hard to wrap my head around that someone killed my baby brother," Jeremiah Craggett said.
Candles and flowers now mark the spot where Jacob's life was cut short.
"I really miss my little brother," Jordan Craggett said.
"We just miss him and we love him, and I know he's in heaven so that gives me peace," Lisa Craggett said.
"When is it going to stop? Is it going to an 11-year-old, a 10-year-old next?" Jonah Craggett said.
Anosha Campbell is Joshua's fiance, and they have a 1-year-old son together. Out of concern for his recovery, they haven't told him yet that his brother didn't make it.
"The violence just needs to stop. Someone's dying every other day," Anosha Campbell said.
Police said it seems the victims' car was specifically targeted in this incident and not a random act.
"It's senseless. They have no regard to life," Lisa Craggett said.
Jacob Craggett's family told Eyewitness News they want to remember him as a loving, caring and respectful young many.
The suspect(s) are still on loose and police are asking anyone with additional information about this incident to call detectives at 203-946-6316.
"While we await additional information from the police investigation, we join all city residents mourning the violent death of this 15-year-old child," Mayor Toni Harp said. "This heartbreaking incident underscores one more time the tragic potential of all-too-easy access to guns that have no useful purpose on city streets."
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