Police identify 17-year-old killed in Waterbury shooting
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – A Waterbury high schooler has been identified as the city’s latest homicide victim.
Investigators are still trying to identify a shooter.
Police said 17-year-old Wisin Resto-Rodriguez was shot on Bishop Street around 6:30 Tuesday night.
He died after being taken to the hospital.
Waterbury Public Schools identified him as a Wilby High School student. They released a statement:
Mayor Neil O’Leary said it shows more needs to be done on the issue.
O’Leary said this is likely a targeted shooting, according to what he’s been told.
He said more needs to be done to curb gun violence in the city, state, the country as a whole.
“My immediate thoughts are devastating, right? I mean, another young life lost senselessly,” said O’Leary.
O’Leary said it’s happening too often. Young lives being taken too soon.
The mayor said he was encouraged when the bipartisan juvenile crime bill passed.
The bill aims to hold minors more accountable and invest in mental health. He still has faith in it.
“But this is another example of the society we’re living in at the moment. There are too many guns on the street. I don’t know how to say it any clearer,” said O’Leary.
He added they need to focus on where these guns are coming from.
“Most of them that would be involved in these type of incidents are illegal, most of them have been stolen or have been brought into this state illegally,” O’Leary said.
The latest crime data shows violent crime in Waterbury is up more than 30-percent this year than last.
This is the city’s 13th homicide.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Waterbury police.
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