Waterbury Police arrest 3rd person in recent shootings


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Waterbury Police made a third arrest in connection with three shootings that occurred on Congress Ave and John Street last month.

On Sept. 23, several shootings took place near Congress Ave and John Street. During the incidents, three individuals were injured by gunfire, including a 10-year-old boy who was struck in the back.

Waterbury Police announced Saturday they have charged Cashikaly Rodriguez, 19, and Thomas West for their involvement in the shootings. Rodriguez is being charged for her involvement in the shooting of an adult man (Derek St. Hilaire, 21), and both are charged for the shooting of the young boy.

Police are accusing both individuals of firing weapons from a motor vehicle on Congress Ave and striking both victims.

In addition, Rodriguez is facing two counts of first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, and risk of injury to a child. She is being held on a $2 million bond.

Also on Sept. 23, an 18-year-old woman was shot in the buttock area on John Street. On Sept. 26, police arrested the man, St. Hilaire in connection to the shooting on John Street.

St. Hilaire faces seven charges, including first-degree assault, first-degree criminal attempt at assault, and illegal discharge of a firearm. St. Hilaire’s bond was set at $750,000, which he posted and has been released.

“It’s very disheartening, sickening,” Chief Fernando Spagnolo said. “It’s very troubling that we had that amount of violence in a small section of the city in such a short period of time.”

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