A Hamden man is in the hospital fighting for his life after he was shot early Saturday morning outside a New Haven diner.
The victim was located around 2:30 a.m. in the roadway near Cody's Diner on Water Street.
Police said an officer on-duty at the diner reported hearing several gunshots and when he went to investigate found the victim, identified as Tauheed Harvey, 28, bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to his groin.
Harvey was rushed to Yale New Haven Hospital where police said he is currently listed in critical condition.
Police said the 24-hour diner was full of patrons at the time of the shooting, however, investigators have been able to gather few details at this time.
Eyewitnesses told police the victim and suspect were arguing prior to the shooting as they waited in line to enter the diner.
"To drive by and see a car with all the windows blown out, that's something," Mark Cimino, of New Haven, said. "That's pretty alarming."
Neighbors said while they enjoy eating at the restaurant during the morning and day, they've always been weary of dining there at night.
"This is a great area, but the spill off of what could happen there," Keith Cross, of New Haven, said. "As Mark and I were just discussing before you came up, is what we worry about."
The Cody's Diner was back open for business around 9 a.m., which is shortly after police cleared the area.
"I know now not to go late at night when that type of crowd is there. But, it's a good restaurant," Cimino said. "They've got good food, perfect type of diner environment. But, it is a certain time to go and a certain time not to go."
The only description of the suspect at this time is a black male wearing a black sweatshirt or sweater. He was seen leaving the area on foot, police said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is being urged to contact the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304.
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