NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A late-night shooting Saturday near Rosette Street and Wilson Street left five people with gunshot injuries and one victim dead.
On Sunday, New Haven Police Department identified the one fatality as 28-year-old Dayshon Smith. He was a local boxer who went by the name “Superfreak” in the ring. He leaves behind a young daughter and News 8 is told he aspired to go pro with boxing.
Police say, around 10:30 p.m. Saturday they were called with reports of a large crowd gathered in the area of Rosette Street playing games and “partying.” Police say the crowd consisted of what appeared to be individuals from the neighborhood and close area and many were there for a vigil acknowledging the eighth anniversary of the death of a male homicide victim.
When police arrived the crowd had dispersed.
According to NHPD, at approximately 11:51 p.m. officials received calls of people shot on Rosette Streat near Hurlburt Street via ShotSpotter alert and 911 callers.
New Haven Police and Fire responded to the scene where multiple victims with gunshot injuries were found.
The injured victims included a 27-year-old woman who was shot multiple times in the side of her torso, a 28-year-old woman who was shot in the arm and leg, a 31-year-old man who was shot in the face, a 37-year-old man who was shot twice in the leg, and another 37-year-old man who was shot in the thigh.
Police report there was a dispute between people who knew each other leading up to the shooting.
In total, six people sustained gunshot injuries, with one person of that count – Smith – dead. Four of the victims were transported to a local hospital by ambulance, and two others arrived by private vehicle. Officials say five victims remain hospitalized in stable condition as of early Sunday morning.
According to police, two of the victims have recently been released from prison: one is on parole and another is on probation. Police say many of the other victims did not have criminal records.
“There’s been a perfect storm of people released in the last eight to 10 months and in that, coincidentally, a lot of those individuals have been involved in the recent gunplay,” Police Chief Otoniel Reyes explained.
Police say they are canvassing an expansive crime scene containing multiple shell casings of multiple calibers.
This is the second homicide on Rosette Street this summer. Police say it does not appear that this incident is related to the July 10 homicide.
This case is being investigated s the 14th homicide in the Elm City this year.
“People are tired of it. I think they feel traumatized and I don’t think that’s an overstatement,” Mayor Justin Elicker said. “People want to live in a neighborhood where they feel safe.”
New Haven Police Major Crimes detectives and Bureau of Identification forensic detectives are assisting with the investigation.
Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to contact the New Haven Police Department at (203) 946-6304.