45-year-old man shot, killed on Poplar Street in New Haven identified; 21st homicide of the year

New Haven

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police are investigating the city’s 21st homicide of the year on Poplar Street that happened late Monday evening.

RELATED: Police respond Sunday to New Haven’s 20th homicide of the year

Around 11:30 p.m. Monday, officers responded to the report of a person shot on Poplar Street between Lombard St. and Chatham St.

“Responding officers located [the victim and] he was pronounced deceased on scene,” said Officer Scott Shumway of New Haven Police Department.

The victim was later identified as Luis Fernando Gonzalez-Sandoz, 45, of New Haven. This is the second shooting homicide for the Elm City in less than a week.

The community is becoming all too familiar with violence.

“It affects everybody around here. People are like, ‘look at this again,'” said Pedro Mendina, a resident in the neighborhood. “It’s too many people killing each other for nothing.”

Ana Diaz has lived in this community for 15 years and has witnessed the change. She talked with the victim’s brother.

Last year, deadly shootings in the city topped at 20, a problem that Elicker is working to get under control.

“We’ve reinstated the shooting task force, so we can respond more quickly,” Elicker said.

There is no word on any suspects in this case, but anyone with information is being asked to contact the New Haven police.

News 8 will update this story as more information comes in.

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