Police: 40-year-old man shot, killed in New Haven

City leaders working to stop violence in New Haven
Published: Jan. 19, 2023 at 5:00 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 7:20 PM EST
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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - New Haven is dealing with an uptick in gun violence with 4 deadly shootings in the first 3 weeks of 2023.

The latest incident happened last night when a 40-year-old man was shot and killed in the city’s Fair Haven neighborhood.

New Haven police confirmed that they received a call around 8:30 p.m. for a person down on Chapel Street in the area of James Street, not far from the Mill River Swing Bridge.

Responding officers reported that they found the 40-year-old New Haven man near the intersection of River and James streets and confirmed that he had been shot.

The victim was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

“It appears to be a targeted situation where both persons knew each other. We do have some video evidence from the area where they are seen talking and having some sort of interpersonal conflict prior to the shooting,” said Chief Karl Jacobson, New Haven Police Department.

Ballistic evidence was located at the scene, and police called it an active investigation.

Authorities identified the victim as Alexander Pedraza of New Haven.

This afternoon New Haven’s chief provided an update into the recent violence, saying while none of the 4 deadly shootings are connected, it appears all the victims were targeted.

He says they’re making progress, having already seized 2 cars believed to be involved in the first 2 shootings.

“Detectives are working hard, we do have draft warrants, arrest warrants for a couple of cases including a 2023 case at the state’s attorneys office,” said Chief Jacobson.

The city says it will continue its multi-pronged approach in tackling the recent violence with community policing and technology, including cameras around the city, to prevention by offering support services to those at the highest risk to either pick up a gun or become a victim.

While violent crime is down 12% from 2021, and murders dropped last year too, with 4 in just 3 weeks, those who live here say something needs to be done.

“I moved here because I thought it was nice and quiet. Been here a year and half, but second time, too many times its been going on in this area,” said Cynthia.

Police asked that any witnesses who have not yet spoken with them give their investigative services division a call at 203-946-6304. Callers may remain anonymous. People can also submit tips anonymously by calling 1-866-888-TIPS (8477), or emailing ECIC@newhavenct.gov.

40-year-old man shot and killed in New Haven
A 40-year-old man was killed in a shooting in New Haven on Wednesday night.
Responding officers located a 40-year-old New Haven man who had been shot.