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Police identify suspect still at large in Norwich shooting that killed 39-year-old man

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NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) — One man is dead after being shot in Norwich on Tuesday afternoon. On Friday, police identified the suspect who they are still searching for.

Police said the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Lake Street.

According to officers, 39-year-old Anthony Williams, of Norwich, was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

On Friday, police say that the investigation led them to a suspect who was identified as 39-year-old Phillip C. Wise. He now holds an arrest warrant charging him with murder.

Phillip C. Wise

According to police, Wise is a Norwich resident but has connections to New Jersey and surrounding states.

Neighbors told News 8 that the shooting stemmed from a neighbor against neighbor fight. Now, some said they don’t feel safe anymore.

“I was in my house listening to music and I heard fireworks,” said Stephanie Brown. “That’s all I heard was fireworks, and then I just seen a bunch of people running everywhere. I’m like, ‘something needs to be done.'”

“This is the third shooting on this street since I’ve been here in a year,” added resident Markila Willett. “The sad part about it is my husband was outside with the dog and he didn’t hear anything. What if that bullet would have hit him?”

“We have kids here,” Brown said. “We have autistic kids here. We have disabled kids; kids that don’t barely know anything. What if they get shot? Don’t be killing. Don’t be stabbing. Don’t be doing nothing like that. It’s ridi[culous]. Just talk. Be civil.”

Police believe this was a targeted attack against the victim. Officers remained on scene throughout Wednesday in case Wise returned.

The homicide remains under investigation. Anyone with information on Wise’s whereabouts should contact Norwich Police at 860-886-5561.

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