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Police identify victim in West Haven murder

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Police arrived at the area of Jaffrey and Dalton Streets, they said they found several shell casings. (WFSB) Police arrived at the area of Jaffrey and Dalton Streets, they said they found several shell casings. (WFSB)
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Police in West Haven are searching for a gunman after a man was shot and killed on Sunday night.

The shooting happened on Dalton Street, just a few hours after a family held a "Stop the Violence Cookout" just one block away in honor of their late daughter.

Police arrived at the area of Jaffrey and Dalton Streets, they said they found several shell casings.

As they conducted their investigation, they said they received a call from Yale-New Haven Hospital that said a victim arrived with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim, identified as 24-year-old Laquan Young of New Haven, later died.

The person who transported the victim to the hospital is being interviewed as a potential witness.

On Sunday, the family of Erika Robinson held a cookout fundraiser in an effort to stop the violence.

Robinson was killed two years ago after gunfire broke out inside of a New Haven club.

At the time of her death, Robinson was organizing a "Stop the Violence" basketball tournament.

The cookout was raising money for this year's basketball tournament.

On Monday, the tent was still up in Celeste Fulcher's backyard, which was the reminder of a cookout on Dalton Street that brought her West Haven Community together.

"Everything was beautiful. We must have had 400 to 500 people here," said Fulcher, who is Robinson's mother.

She said she shut her party down around 8 p.m. on Sunday and then around 9:45 p.m. West Haven police responded to the reported shooting.

"Hurtful because we're totally against it, we're fighting for a cause of stop the violence so I feel for something like that to happen so close and its never happened in this area, I'm embarrassed. I really feel sad," Fulcher said.

The plan was to host the tournament on Saturday, Aug. 15, which is Robinson's birthday but now the family is worried about having enough security and is reconsidering.

"After last night, I'm truly concerned and honestly really thinking about canceling it," Fulcher said.

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