Shots fired outside East Haven bar hit McDonald’s; PD searching for suspects


EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — East Haven Police say two people may have fired shots at cars in a parking lot full of patrons behind a bar in town overnight Sunday. They are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects and a car.

At about 1:10 a.m., officers were sent to Rumba Café Bar and Lounge at 679 Main Street for reports of gunshots.

Arriving officers found that several cars in the parking lot had been struck by gunfire. The McDonalds Restaurant, which is adjacent to the parking lot in which the incident occurred, was also struck by gunfire.

After reviewing video surveillance footage, it was determined a white or Hispanic male got in a newer model blue car. He is seen returning to the back parking lot of Rumba with multiple guns before firing multiple shots.

Patrons in the parking lot can be seen running for cover. One of the cars hit by gunfire had two occupants inside; not one was hurt.

Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect and/or vehicle in the surveillance footage. The suspect is described as being in his 20s wearing a red baseball cap backward, a black t-shirt, and dark-colored jeans.

Video surveillance also shows a second shooter who appears to be in a dispute with several other individuals, police say. The second individual appears to retrieve a gun from a newer model black car before returning fire across his vehicle towards the parking lot.

Police are working to identify the second shooter and his female companion who accompanied him all night inside the bar.

“It’s just scary,” said East Haven resident Vinnie Cappello. “I mean the town East Haven’s a good town. You have to be aware of what’s going on around you at all times. It doesn’t make a difference where you are.”

Jimmy Astorino of nearby Annex Auto Repair added, “It was scary. I mean it was at night so nobody was around. Thank God nobody got hurt. Especially kids in McDonald’s and stuff.”

People News 8 spoke with say this gun violence must stop. They never expected to see anything like this happen here.

Cappello said, “Absolutely not. But nothing surprises me anymore. I have a 22-year-old daughter and I’m very worried about where the world is going.”

“I’m worried in my own mind because I live only a little way down the road,” said Mark Streeter of East Haven.

News 8 tried to speak with the owner and employees at Rumba, but no one wished to provide a comment.

All information obtained will remain anonymous. Anyone with any information related to this incident is asked to contact Detective Joe Carangelo or 203-468-3827. The public can also reach out to us via Facebook or Instagram.

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