Police continue search into the night for armed suspect in area of Rogers Orchards, connected to shooting on I-84 west

New Haven

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The search continues Saturday for a suspected gunman believed to be linked to a shooting on I-84 Westbound on the Cheshire-Waterbury line.

Connecticut State Police Troopers were called to the area around 2:15 a.m. on Friday for a report of a shooting. When they got there, troopers found a victim inside a car. The victim was rushed to the hospital for care and police have not provided an update on his condition. As for the suspect, State Police said he fled from the scene.

“Based on the information we have, the suspect took off on foot,” said Trooper Josue Dorelus, of Connecticut State Police.

Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Dept. of Transportation (DOT) shut down part of Interstate-84 West to investigate the shooting. Exit 28 in Southington on the Westbound side has since been reopened; it was closed earlier, forcing traffic off of the highway.

RELATED: State Police: Part of I-84 west in Cheshire sees major delays due to shooting investigation

Wolcott police described the suspect as 31 years old, light-skinned, Hispanic, approximately 5’8″, 180 lbs. He may possibly have a beard or dark facial hair.

The search brought state and local police to the area of Rogers Orchards in Southington. They’ve deployed a helicopter, drones, and K9 teams in the hopes of finding the suspect.

Wolcott police warn residents to remain in their homes as the search continues and to dial 911 if the suspect is seen in the area.

Diane Bonaker, a Southington resident who lives near the police search area, told News 8, “I’m not going to get overly nervous about it. It doesn’t do any good to do it…With the turnout [of law enforcement] over there, they’re doing their job.”

Waterbury police have arrived on the scene to assist.

CT State Police Western District Major Crimes Squad was requested to the scene.

State Police are urging anyone with information to give Troop A in Southbury a call at (203) 267-2240.

This is a developing story. Stay with WTNH.com and the News 8 app for the latest details regarding this investigation.

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