3 men critical after being shot in front of Waterbury convenience store

No arrests yet in Waterbury triple shooting
Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 6:04 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2022 at 10:43 AM EST
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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – Three men were hospitalized following a shooting that happened outside of a convenience store in Waterbury on Tuesday.

The victims were identified by police as being 43, 42, and 26 years old. All three were said to be in critical condition.

Police said they responded to a “shots fired” call at Otto’s Convenience Store and Smoke Shop on West Main Street around 4:30 p.m.

They were on the scene until late Tuesday night.

Three men were found with gunshot wounds and were transported to local hospitals.

A community leader said action is needed, but everyone’s going to have to come together for that to happen.

Bullet holes are serving as a terrifying reminder of what happened at Otto’s Convenience Store and Smoke Shop.

Three men were shot and they’re now in the hospital in critical condition.

Some regulars said the store was a nice addition to the neighborhood.

Sonny Keeler, a close friend of the owner, said his friend always tried to be welcoming.

“A lot of it is him, Casey does a very good job of trying to be, he’s good with people, all people, there’s no particularity when you walk in the story. He’s good to everybody,” said Sonny.

This is the latest of a rash of shootings the city has dealt with this year.

As of November 26, police say there have been 247 confirmed shots fired incidents this year in Waterbury.

Eighty-six people have been shot and of those, 11 have died.

Darryl Copeland is with Ice the Beef’s Waterbury chapter, an anti-gun violence non-profit.

Copeland said there needs to be action to solve this problem, but it’ll require every single person in the community to achieve.

“It’s gonna take our community leaders, our clergy leaders, any other organizations that are trying to empower people in our communities to unite as one,” said Copeland.

As Copeland and other community leaders try to unite, some may not be sticking around to see things get better.

“Like I said to him last night, this is a wakeup call. So either you fix this problem or we move you and get you out of all this problem,” said Sonny.

One woman said she was near the convenience store at the time of the shooting.

“I just heard a bunch of gun shots there were probably like seven to 10 of them,” said Julia Belmonte from Waterbury.

Neighbors also heard it.

“I was staying in the house not far away from the shooting and we just heard gunshots,” said Evan Fravel, a neighbor.

Fravel also said he heard about 10 shots.

It was unclear exactly what led up to the shooting, but five bullet holes could be seen in the store’s front door.

A Channel 3 crew also saw a Waterbury police forensics team scanning the area for several hours. In addition, investigators towed a car outside of the store and tried talking to neighbors.

They believe there is no threat to the public.

Anyone with information about what happened was asked to contact Waterbury detectives at 203-574-6941 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 203-755-1234.

This story is breaking. Stay with Eyewitness News for updates.

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