WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Police identified a New Haven man as a person of interest in the drive-by shooting death of a 56-year-old woman in Waterbury.
Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo said Tuesday that Mabel Martinez Antongiorgi, a mother of three, was not the intended target.
Over 20 bullets from at least two guns hit several homes on Walnut Street near Orange Street around 1:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon. A resident told police that their relative had been hit by gunfire while inside a home on Orange Street.
In one of those homes on Orange Street was Martinez Antongiorgi, who was ironing when a bullet struck her head.
“She was inside her residence,” Spagnolo said. “She’s a homemaker. She was at home taking care of some domestic duties when those shots rang out, and she was struck in the head by one of the stray bullets.”
Martinez Antongiorgi was taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital, where police said she was initially listed in critical condition. Police said they learned Sunday night that she had died from her injuries.
Around 2:10 p.m. Saturday, 35-year-old Ryan Lindsay was dropped off at the Waterbury Hospital Emergency Room. He told police he was walking in the area of Walnut and Orange streets when he was shot in the hip. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.
Police said this all began as a shootout between people inside a white Acura and a black Honda. Investigators said they questioned 22-year-old Angel Gonzales, who was in the Acura, but now their focus is on 34-year-old Levi Brock, who police described as a “person of interest.”
Waterbury police said Brock, who they consider to be armed and dangerous, is known to be in the area of Waterbury or New Haven. He is a convicted felon with a history of violent criminal activity.
“You’re going to see more patrols in that particular area,” Spagnola said. “We are intensifying our proactive police work in Waterbury, but what disturbs me is, yet again, we have another convicted felon that’s on probation that’s in possession of a gun that’s involved in someone’s death.”
Martinez Antongiorgi’s family joined Waterbury police and Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt, vowing to get justice.
“This is an incredible tragedy, and we are working closely with the Waterbury Police Department and have been,” Platt said.
Martinez Antongiorgi’s sister-in-law said the victim was a retired school teacher, who had moved to Waterbury from Puerto Rico two years ago. According to her family, she lived on Orange Street with her husband. The couple has three children together, including a daughter, Yarimar Mercado Martinez, who is an Olympian rifle shooter who represents Puerto Rico. Martinez competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.
Police said they found the black Acura in New Haven and a gun inside.
Anyone with information on Brock’s whereabouts or the case is asked to contact the Waterbury Police Department’s Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.
The video below is from News 8 at 5 on April 12, 2022.