NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A 29-year-old man was killed in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night in New Haven, according to Mayor Justin Elicker.
The shooting happened at the intersection of Grand Avenue and East Pearl Street just before 5 p.m.
Elicker told News 8 that the man was walking on East Pearl Street when a car pulled up next to him, and a passenger fired more than a dozen shots, hitting the man in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The victim has been identified as Shaquille Chazz Pearson, according to New Haven police.
“Around 14, 15 shots fired,” Elicker said. “That’s a terrifying thing.”
Police said a ShotSpotter alert was not activated, but ballistic evidence was found at the scene. According to police, the suspect vehicle was found unoccupied near Warner Road and Middletown Avenue in North Haven.
North Haven police said this vehicle was in the area of Hartley Street and Garfield Avenue at 4 a.m. Tuesday, with at least three occupants running up to other vehicles and attempting to enter them.
“As always, we encourage our community to contact us whenever they see suspicious activity and remind them of the dangerous people they may encounter if they confront them,” North Haven police said. “Be smart. Be safe.”
It’s unclear if the shooter and the man who died knew each other.
The drive-by shooting has shaken up the neighborhood.
“It just felt like something personal to watch that young man sit there and fight for his life on that ground,” said Ivelisse, who didn’t want her face on camera.
She has lived in the area for over three years and said her neighbor and friend is the victim. She said she spoke with him hours before he was killed.
“I’ve seen him every day. That’s why I’m speaking for him because he lost his life, and he’s not here to voice,” Ivelisse said. “Every time I see him, he has a smile on his face, so I don’t understand. I just pray for justice.”
Elicker said the City of New Haven is working hard to prevent these incidents. He told News 8 that 100 people were shot by this time last year, compared to just over 80 this year, but city data reveals homicide victims have doubled.
Elicker said their hard work continues, including finding whoever took this man’s life.
“Everything from when officers get out of the academy to do walking beats to a lot of street outreach and crime and violence intervention programs with people who are high interest to us and potentially have a high likelihood of engaging in violence,” Elicker said. “We’ve also installed a lot of technology around the city, including cameras.”
Anyone with information on the homicide is based to call New Haven detectives at 203-946-6304 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 866-888-TIPS (8477).