Victims of double shooting in New Haven identified

Police are investigating a double shooting on Ferry Street in New Haven. (WFSB photo)

Police in New Haven have identified two victims of a shooting that happened just before 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

Akeem Witley, 25, and 31-year-old Labian McKnight, were found to have been shot in the area of a Hess gas station at Ferry and State Streets.

Witley was hit in the leg and the stomach. Police said he was found on the Ferry Street bridge near the station. He was conscious and alert.

An Acura TSX, owned by Witley, was towed from the scene as evidence.

Police said they believe Witley tried to flee and ended up crashing the car into a van on the bridge. The driver of the van was not hurt.

They said he spoke with investigations. His injuries were non-life-threatening.

McKnight was found in the doorway of the gas station's attendant's booth.

He was shot in the back and shoulder. Police said he couldn't speak with them and was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

McKnight remained in critical condition as of Tuesday morning.

Detectives searched the scene for eyewitnesses and evidence. They also reviewed surveillance footage.

They said they believe a silver-colored or gray Chrysler 300M was there and fled the scene on State Street toward Hamden.

Police said they recovered two handguns. One was on the bridge near Witley's location. The other was found near McKnight.

Forensic investigators are analyzing the weapons.

Anyone with information is asked to contact New Haven police at 203-946-6304.

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