NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police are continuing to investigate a double shooting in the Dwight neighborhood of New Haven early Friday morning.
Just after 12:30 a.m., New Haven police responded to Whalley Avenue between Dwight and Orchard Streets on a report of a shooting. The city’s gunfire detection system reported numerous gunshots in that area.
Upon arrival, officers located the two victims. Police tell News 8 that 21-year-old Marquis Freeman, of New Haven, had been shot multiple times, including a shot in the head. Freeman was critically injured, and was rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Freeman remains in critical condition.
The second victim, 25-year-old Terrance Lee, fled from the scene to a nearby supermarket, where he asked someone to drive him to the hospital. Lee had been shot in the hand, but escaped further injuries.
“The other individual sustained more serious wounds,” said Lieutenant Tony Reyes, head of detectives for New Haven Police. “Multiple gunshot wounds to various parts of his body.”
Lee told investigators that he and Freeman had been walking west on Whalley Avenue at the intersection of Sperry Street, when they spotted a young man walking toward them. Lee said they greeted him, and he started shooting.
The shooter has not been described.
New Haven police detectives spent the overnight hours searching for witnesses, and analyzing surveillance recordings from the area. Whalley Avenue was closed for several hours Friday morning while police collected evidence and conducted their initial investigation. Physical evidence was found from Sperry Street, several hundred feet up, to Orchard Street.
New Haven Police are still trying to sort the whole thing out.
“There’s very little I can give you now,” Lieutenant Reyes told reporters Friday morning. “We have forensic teams out here. And all our detectives just trying to figure out what happened.”
The shooting comes during a stretch of the hottest days so far this year, and residents nearby said you can feel the tension during the summer months.
“A lot of tension in New Haven. And when you get heat like 90 degrees you get a lot of temper, and people really acting on emotions,” said Ken Grimes, who lives nearby.
Grimes has lived on Dwight Street for over 20 years. In that time, he’s seen several shootings from the porch of his home.
“It’s bothering, it’s disturbing. It’s upsetting,” Grimes said. (But you) got to take it as it comes.”
Police believe there’s more to the story than what they know so far, and they’re asking for the public’s help.
If you witnessed these shootings, or have any information that could help detectives with their investigation, you’re asked to call New Haven police at 203-946-6304. Calls may be made anonymously.