Several people shot in two New Haven shootings
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Two shootings, one of them deadly, are under investigation by New Haven police.
According to police, officers were called to Starr Street near Winchester Avenue after receiving reports of gunshots in the area.
Neighbors and police say the homicide scene is a known trouble spot.
Officers located a man, later identified as Anthony Oden of New Haven. Oden, 49, was rushed to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Miguel Pittman said, “I had a barbecue the day before. I’m thinking what if my family was here and there was a shooting outside, with my family.”
Mayor Justin Elicker says this area is on their radar because over the years they’ve had a number of shootings outside The Taurus Cafe on Winchester, along with groups gathering near a corner package store.
“The site where that homicide occurred, is exactly where that loitering has occurred and so we’ve already increased our surveillance of that area and as you can imagine will be doing even more of that,” said Elicker.
Three miles away near the intersection of Ferry and Chatham streets, police said three people were shot in a separate incident.
Police said they found 28 shell casings and that all three suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Responding officers located a 32-year-old Hamden man and a 22-year-old New Haven man on scene who had been struck by gunfire.
American Medical Response transported both victims to Yale New Haven Hospital where they were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Yale New Haven Hospital reported a third victim, a 35-year-old New Haven man, had walked into the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“We’ve had a lot of violence, we’ve been lucky, fortunate in that area its has slowed down, but you remember a year ago, a 14 year old was killed in that area and there was a lot of back and forth after that,” said New Haven Police Assistant Chief Karl Jacobson.
The chief says in addition to officers parking and walking both neighborhoods, crime suppression units of plain clothes officers along with assistance from the ATF, FBI and DEA will be out on the streets. He also says they’re working to install cameras around the city as quickly as possible to help in investigations, but Miguel says the biggest assist can come from those who live right here.
There’s no word on suspects in either of the cases.
Police have also not said if the shootings are connected.
Police ask that any witnesses who have not yet spoken with the Police contact the New Haven Police Department Investigative Services Division at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous or submit tips anonymously by calling 1-866-888-TIPS(8477), or text “NHPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES).
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