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Neighbors say area of Derby homicide has grown a reputation

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CT State Police they are assisting the Derby Police Department in a shooting investigation on Anson Street. (WFSB) CT State Police they are assisting the Derby Police Department in a shooting investigation on Anson Street. (WFSB)
Police are investigating a shooting in Derby early Friday morning. (WFSB) Police are investigating a shooting in Derby early Friday morning. (WFSB)
DERBY, CT (WFSB) -

Police have identified the 21-year-old man who died after a shooting in Derby early Friday morning. 

Officers located a man with gunshot wounds, who was later identified as Derby resident JaJuan Benavides, on Anson street around 1:45 a.m. 

Police said the last homicide in the city was five years ago. However, a husband and wife who live in the area told Eyewitness News that parts of Anson Street have grown a reputation.

"We can't open our windows at night because it just gets really bad down there," said Dawn Durand of Derby. "So we keep our windows closed and locked all night long."

"There's always police going checking stuff out down there," said Joseph Durand, also of Derby. "Sometimes you hear gunshots at night too."

Officers discovered Benavides after reports of shots fired in the area of Anson and Fifth streets. Benavides was rushed to a nearby hospital where police said he died from his injuries around 7:40 a.m. He had been shot four times.

A gun found under a nearby SUV was taken in as evidence.

"This area, I will say, has had its share of criminal activity and it is a highly, heavily patrolled area," said Lt. Salvatore Frosceno, Derby police.

However, it was still a surprise for people who woke up to a major crime scene.

The city's mayor stopped by in hopes of easing concerns.

"Our police officers are doing everything they can to figure out what is happening and how it happened," said Mayor Anita Dugatto.

Police said there are no suspects at this time, and they are continuing to investigate the incident. Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit is assisting the Derby Police Department with the investigation. 

It's still unclear how many people were involved.

A suspect description has not been released by police.

However, they said they have a lot of evidence.

"It's scary, it really is," Dawn Durand said. "It's very scary and it makes me nervous."

Investigators had a section of Anson Street closed between Lafayette Street and West 4th Street during the morning hours. 

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Derby Police Department at 203-735-7611 or 203-619-1906. 

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