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New Haven police cancel press conference on man confessing to fatally shooting neighbor in head

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The New Haven chief of police was expected to discuss the details of a homicide investigation in a Monday press conference but that has since been canceled.

On Friday, 55-year-old Michael Rosario died in the hospital after he was shot in the head on Court Street on Thursday.

RELATED: New Haven PD: Suspect confesses to fatally shooting neighbor in head during fight

Police said 53 year-old Robert Parris Jr. confessed to pulling a gun and shooting Rosario in the head in their building at 109 Court St., just down the block from New Haven’s federal building.

The shooting happened just hours after New Haven’s Police Chief Otoniel Reyes held a press conference talking about the year’s crime statistics. Those statistics showing violent crime up significantly this year, including murder, which was up by 11%.

Even though Rosario was shot in the head, he did not die at the scene. He was taken to the hospital, succumbing to his injuries the next day.

Reyes said the two knew each other, lived in the same building and had some kind of argument just before the shooting.

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