Suspect arrested, victim identified in late-night deadly shooting on East Main St. in Waterbury


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Waterbury police are investigating a homicide that happened on East Main Street at Wall Street late Saturday night.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., Waterbury police responded to the area of East Main Street at Wall Street on a report of a party that had been shot multiple times.

Officers arrived on the scene and confirmed that a male sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Responding officers on scene rendered aid to the victim, but the victim succumbed to the injuries, according to police.

That victim was identified Monday as 23-year-old Gregory Rafael Santos-Frias of Waterbury.

Police report that another victim was located suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg area. That victim was transported to a local hospital and released.

Officials confirm that evidence of shots fired from the incident was recovered in the area.

Waterbury Police Department Major Crimes Detectives responded to the scene and are investigating this incident.

Monday, Police arrested 41-year-old Charles Smith for his involvement in the death of Santos-Frias. Smith was charged with the following:

  • Murder
  • Conspiracy to commit murder
  • Assault in the first degree
  • Conspiracy at assault in the first degree
  • Criminal possession of a firearm
  • Criminal use of a firearm
  • Carrying a pistol without a permit
  • Illegal sale or transfer of a firearm
  • Weapons in a motor vehicle
  • Unlawful discharge of a firearm
  • Reckless endangerment in the first degree.

While police were arresting Smith, they found a gun in his possession. Smith is a convicted felon currently on parole for a robbery that happened in 2012.

Smith is being held on a $2-million bond.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Waterbury Police Department’s Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.

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