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PD: Man dies after being shot on front porch in New London

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NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) -

A 29-year-old man was shot and killed on a front porch in New London late Thursday night, police said.

Now the search is on for a murder suspect.

Officers were called to a report of shots fired on Connecticut Avenue near the intersection of Grand Street just before 11 p.m.

"It was loud, like 'boom, boom, boom, boom,'" said Lina Valentin, a neighbor. "It was quick, it happened out of nowhere."

Police said they responded to 911 calls and had to work through thick fog to get to the scene.

Upon arrival, officers found New London resident Gilberto Olivencia suffering from a gunshot after police said he was shot on the front porch of 8 Grand St.

"Somebody's brother, mother, father, cousin [or] friend," said Anissa Henderson, a neighbor. "No matter what, he was somebody. It's a life."

Olivencia was rushed to a local hospital where police said he died around midnight.

His last known address was said to be West Pleasant Street, which is less than a mile away from the scene.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that there have been shootings on the street in the past. They said things won't change unless people start cooperating with police during their investigations.

"If we all keep our mouths shut, it's always going to be going on," said Jose Perez, whose family lives nearby. "They do their part, and I've seen that for awhile."

"This street, all you see is people running out at night," Valentin said. "I knew something was going to happen."

The fatal shooting remains under investigation by the New London Police Department, the Connecticut State Police Eastern District Major Crime Squad and inspectors from the New London County States Attorney's Office.

There's no word on a suspect.

"It's always going to be like this," Perez said. "If we don't do anything good, it's very limited to what they can do."

Anyone with any information is asked to call the New London Police Department at 860-447-1481 or by submitting tip to the Tip411 text a tip hotline. All tips will be kept anonymous.

"We gotta wake up already," Perez said. "The kids, our kids, they're the ones who are going to suffer, not us."

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