“Rolling shootout” in Hamden, New Haven injures 21-year-old
(WFSB) - Shots broke out across Hamden and New Haven on Friday.
Hamden police had Mather Street closed for several hours Friday afternoon after a high speed shooting. Police say two vehicles were involved in a “rolling shootout” from Hamden to New Haven.
New Haven police said around 12:30 p.m. officers were alerted to St. Raphael’s for a 21-year-old New Haven man who had been shot.
Police said they found shell casings on both Highland Street and Whitney Avenue.
An eyewitness told police he saw the two vehicles drive by him on Mather Street and that his vehicle was struck by bullets.
Through interviews with the victim, New Haven Police determined the victim was actually shot in Hamden. Police say the victim is currently in critical condition but was alert during the interview.
Hamden police had Mather Street closed for hours Friday afternoon from Dixwell down to Whitney Avenue for the investigation.
According to reports, one of the vehicles in the rolling shootout was stolen early Friday morning and was recovered in another town.
Police found the second vehicle unoccupied on Dixwell Ave. near Arch Street after it was involved in an accident.
Investigators were seen marking several shell casings.
A neighbor who lives near the New Haven shooting scene described what he heard and saw this afternoon.
“It was constant, it was like pow pow pow pow pow pow, just going up the street. Don’t know what they were shooting at but all I know is they were just speeding up the street,” said Benny Brunson of New Haven.
“It’s bad out here, this is always happening. Nothing good, something bad is always happening,” said Manny Martin of New Haven.
The Hamden community and leaders had a public safety meeting about stopping this kind of violence just last night.
Public Safety Chair Adrian Webber was one of the speakers at last nights meeting. He was out of town during the shooting but did have a comment.
“We have to really figure out how to get guns off the street, specifically ghost guns,“ said Webber. “I’m really hoping we can pull these young people together and really figure out a way to do a better job of instilling values and make sure they understand the intended and unintended consequences.”
Webber isn’t the only one who wants to put a stop to the senseless and scary violence, residents in the area do too.
“Stop the violence, keep the kids out of the street, protect your family, protect the people you love, stay down,” said Manny.
“I’m just hoping at some point, that they’ll straighten this out, that we can all live in peace in this neighborhood so we don’t have to worry about kids coming up, getting shot,” added Benny.
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