WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterbury Police are investigating a shooting on Christmas Eve that left a teen dead.
On Thursday around 12:34 p.m. police were called to the area of Buckingham Street at Pine Street for a report of gunshots.
The witness reported seeing a man shooting a handgun and then running away while four other individuals fled the area in a light-colored SUV.
Responding officers found an unresponsive 16-year-old boy lying on the ground in the rear driveway of 114-116 Buckingham St. with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. He was lying next to an unoccupied dark-colored SUV that was still running and appeared to have gunfire damage.
The victim was found in possession of a handgun, police said.
The victim was taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital. Despite medical care provided by police, fire, and ambulance medics, he was pronounced dead at the hospital just before 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Investigators located empty cartridge casings on Pine St. at the intersection with Buckingham St.
A police K9 conducted a track that led officers to a multi-family home on Woodlawn Terrace.
Police say detectives have arrested three men in connection to the shooting; police accuse 18-year-old Jarquev Moore of Waterbury, 24-year-old David Jorge of Waterbury, and 18-year-old Tafari Bailey of Meriden of causing the death of the victim.
Moore and Jorge face multiple charges including murder, criminal possession of a firearm, and carrying a pistol without a permit. Both were held on a $1 million bond.
Bailey is facing multiple charges including criminal attempt at murder, conspiracy at murder, and criminal possession of a firearm. He was also arrested for failure to appear, and his bond was held on a $1,001,500 bond.
Two others were arrested for crimes unrelated to the homicide. 21-year old Isaiah Correa of Waterbury was arrested and charged with drug possession and criminal trespass. He was found to have two small clear bags containing a total of 19.5 grams of marijuana.
19-year-old Jayshaun Lluberes of Waterbury was arrested for criminal trespass. Both were released on a WPTA pending arraignment.
The identity of the victim is pending confirmation by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Connecticut and notification to the next of kin.
This is an open and active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the detectives at (203) 574-6941 or leave information anonymously via Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.