Hamden shooting turns fatal despite ‘heroic’ efforts of neighbor, victim identified

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HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Sunday, police identified the victim of a fatal shooting on Newbury Street in Hamden on Saturday evening.

One witness told News 8 they heard several gunshots and saw a car speed away.

Police later confirmed a Honda Civic was struck by gunfire at the intersection of Newberry Street and Winchester Avenue. The vehicle proceeded down the street before going through a fence, adjacent to 550 Newhall St.

Police reported Monday, the investigation has revealed that an 18-year-old female passenger was inside of the vehicle at the time of the shooting. Her identity has not yet been released.

Stephanie Allis, a pregnant neighbor who is also a nursing student, told News 8 she heard a woman in a car screaming for help in the middle of the street.

Allis said she ran across the street and hopped a fence to get to the car where the injured driver – later identified as 22-year-old Kaymar Tanner – was located. She administered CPR and tried to control Tanner’s bleeding.

“Just the type of person I am,” Allis said. But others in the neighborhood called her actions heroic.

“I think that she did a very heroic job,” said another neighbor.

A young man who claimed to be the victim’s brother told News 8 off-camera that he appreciated the efforts Allis made to try to save his brother.

Tanner succumbed to his gunshot injuries by the time paramedics arrived, News 8 confirmed.

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An autopsy on Tanner was performed Sunday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington. The Hamden Police Department is awaiting the results.

At a vigil held for Tanner Monday, attendees told News 8 it’s a call-to-action. Many heartbroken over the loss, others saying they have to take charge of their community: “Enough is enough with the violence.”

WEB EXTRA: Vigil held for Tanner Monday afternoon at the intersection where he lost his life.

The Hamden Police Department Detective Division is conducting the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mark Sheppard at (203) 230-4047.

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