WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — The man injured in a shooting in Waterbury that also injured a child has been arrested in connection to the shooting of a woman on the same day.
Three shootings in the city in one day.
The Waterbury Police Department was dispatched to the area of Congress Avenue on a shots fired complaint at 7:24 p.m. Responding officers were advised there were two possible parties injured during the shooting but only found evidence of shots fired in the roadway once on scene, not locating any victims.
Shortly after their arrival, police were informed that the two victims arrived at Waterbury Hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.
Police said both victims sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, with 21-year-old Derek St. Hilaire wounded in the leg and the 10-year-old sustaining wounds to the rib area.
At the filing of this report, police tell News 8 St. Hilaire was released from the hospital; the child is still there for precautionary measures only.
On the same day on John Street, an 18-year-old woman was shot. Officials say she suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the buttock area.
The violence rattled people in the city.
“A little worried because it’s getting closer and closer to home, you know,” Brittany Krampitz said.
The police chief addressed the violence on Friday.
“It’s very disheartening, sickening,” Chief Fernando Spagnolo said. “It’s very troubling that we had that amount of violence in a small section of the city in such a short period of time.”
Spagnolo called the shootings an isolated incident. As for possible suspects, he says his major crimes unit is getting and following very strong leads.
“It does involve group violence. We have recovered one stolen automobile that was on the scene of one of the shootings. We are investigating the use of another stolen automobile in these shootings last night,” Spagnolo said.
Waterbury, like other cities across Connecticut and the country, is experiencing upticks in violence. But, the police department recently scored a victory against the violence. They recently announced arrests and indictments of some Waterbury gang members who police say have been responsible for much of the city’s recent violent crimes.
At least one city alderman is pleading for the shootings to stop.
“People are sick and tired of it. We, as elected officials, are sick and tired of it,” Alderman Vernon Matthews said.
The chief has promised to step up community policing. So far this year, 49 people have been shot in Waterbury in 89 incidents involving gunfire.
“We are following some very strong leads right now and I’m very confident that we’re going to be able to make a good case and bring some people to justice on this,” the chief said.
On Sunday afternoon, Waterbury Police Department announced they had made an arrest in the Thursday shooting of the woman on John Street.
Police have determined, the man shot Thursday evening with the child, was involved in the shooting of the woman on John Street.
St. Hilaire has been charged with:
• Assault 1st
• Criminal attempt at Assault 1st
• Reckless Endangerment 1st
• Carrying a pistol with a permit
• Weapons in a motor vehicle
• Illegal discharge of a firearm
• Illegal sale or transfer of a firearm
St. Hilaire’s bond was set at $750,000, which he posted and has since been released.
Chief Fernando Spagnolo will be holding a press conference Tuesday morning to provide an update on new developments and arrests that have been made involving the two recent shooting incidents (John Street and Congress Avenue).
This investigation remains active.
Waterbury Police Department’s Detective Bureau is investigating this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6911 or Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.