Two men are dead after four shootings in six hours in New Haven Tuesday night, police said.
The latest string of shootings -- one of several in recent weeks – prompted the mayor to plead for peace.
“Our community has already experienced so much loss and pain – I implore those who are involved in the violence to do the right thing and stop contributing to further loss of life,” Mayor Justin Elicker said in a written statement emailed to the media at 12:30 a.m.
The first shooting happened shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Dixwell neighborhood, on Munson Street near Sherman Parkway, police said. A 40-year-old man was killed.
The second was about an hour later on Ferry Street, near Fox Street, in the Fair Haven neighborhood, they said. A 20-year-old was shot in the leg and is expected to survive.
About 8:20 p.m., an 18-year-old was shot in the upper torso on State Street, near May Street in the Cedar Hill neighborhood, Capt. Anthony Duff said.
And later, a second man died after being shot on Whalley Avenue near Hobart Street, Duff said. He was 33 years old.
The fatal shootings were the 10th and 11th homicides of the year in New Haven.
Elicker said he wants the violence to stop.
“I am heartbroken at the increase of violence in the City in recent days and the loss of members of our community,” he said. “Across the country, our communities are grappling with a stifling economy, a global pandemic, and an increase in gun violence. Chief Reyes and I have been in nearly hourly communication to determine how to respond. Our City faces a confluence of issues that contribute to the violence, and we are working closely with our partners to address these challenges.”
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