NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A homicide investigation is underway after a body was found in the area of Orchard and George streets in New Haven, near Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus, Tuesday morning, according to police.
Assist. Police Chief Karl Jacobson of New Haven Police explained, “Arriving officers found a 44-year-old male unresponsive. Fire and EMS arrived and attempted to revive him unsuccessfully.”
Police identified the victim as Jack Hopeton of Waterbury – originally from New York.
Hopeton’s death is being investigated as a shooting homicide.
Police said he had prior offenses.
The shooting occurred at around 5:50 a.m. Police responded to multiple 911 calls and shot spotter activation.
According to New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, this is the eleventh homicide of 2021.
“It’s heartbreaking. I go to every funeral, I call the parents,” the mayor said. “It’s a community member that we’ve lost, someone that – in my view – society could have served better and provided more options…It’s devastating for the family, it’s devastating for the community.”
This is an isolated incident, and police believe there is no danger to the public.
Due to the recent uptick in violence, the police department is set to hold a meeting along with the FBI, ATF, and DEA to find ways to keep the peace as we head into summer.
“What we do is put a plan together to quiet things down, to stop retaliation,” the assistant chief said.
Police said they have a lot of evidence in the homicide investigation but now need help from neighbors to help them find the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 1-866-888-8477.