A 30-year-old father died after police said he was shot multiple times near a college campus in New Haven early Thursday morning.
Officers located Dyrail Martaye Reddick, of New Haven near the Southern Connecticut State University campus around 3:15 a.m.
During their investigation, police learned that Reddick was involved in an argument in the parking lot apartment complex at 112 Cherry Ann Street.
"It was actually very quiet, so quiet, you could probably hear a pin drop," eyewitness Jasmine Moncrease said.
That's when gunshots rang out. Moncrease said she counted them in her head.
"They were rapid. I counted nine, but the detective told me it was 10," Moncrease said.
After the shooting had stopped, Moncrease said she ran over to help.
"He was lying on his back. He had his hood pulled over his head," Moncrease said. "And he turned to his side as I was walking up to him explaining who I was and why I was there.
Even though she didn't know it at the time, Moncrease was trying to save Reddick, who was a family friend.
"I knew it wasn't looking good because he was not responding to me," Moncrease said. "When I checked his pulse, it was weak."
Police said Reddick was rushed to Yale New Haven Hospital where police said he died.
"He was a good guy. Nobody's perfect, but he was a fun-loving guy. He was fun to be around," Moncrease said. "As soon as I saw him he would always make me laugh."
As soon as the shooting happened, Moncrease said a dark-colored Toyota Camry took off. Police though, chased a different car, a red Acura. Friends said it belonged to Reddick.
"We're grieving as well. Because this is our community," neighbor Chayira Archer said. "This is where our children are."
Officers located a red Acura, which was believed to be involved in the deadly shooting, near the SCSU campus. The vehicle fled from officers and crashed into a tree on Whalley Avenue near the intersection of Whittlsey Avenue.
One of the people in the vehicle was in police custody while the other fled the scene on foot, police said.
The Acura along with a vehicle found parked at the Slyce Pizza Restaurant in Hamden were towed to police headquarters. Investigators will look to gather forensic evidence from the vehicles. Police said they were trying to determine if any of the cars towed from Slyce were involved in the deadly shooting.
"It's really hard to go on, knowing another family is grieving because they lost their family member," neighbor Miriah Doctor said. "It's one of those situations where it's very hard."
The deadly shooting is under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to New Haven Police Department 203-946-6304. Police said all "the calls may be made anonymously."
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