NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — An intensive manhunt for 18-year-old Treizy Lopez, considered armed and dangerous, stretches from New Haven to Bridgeport and beyond. His partner, 22-year-old Leighton Vanderburg, faced a judge on a murder charge Thursday.

In court documents, Vanderburg confessed his involvement in several shootings, including homicides in Bridgeport and New Haven. Vanderburg and Lopez may be connected to a shooting at Smokin’ Wings in New Haven. A clerk was getting ready to hand over the money when the store owner says they started to open fire, spraying the store with bullets and hitting one employee in the stomach. Carlos Perez had to dive to the ground so he wouldn’t get shot.

“I went down behind the counter so he wouldn’t get me,” he said. “I didn’t even know the reason they started shooting.”

In all three cases, people were shot, but money was not always taken. University of New Haven professor Kenneth Gray worked for FBI on everything from surveillance to counter-terrorism. He says it’s hard to know right now if they were thrill killings, if the suspects were high on drugs, or they’re accidents.

“We don’t know if something happened to stop the robbery in progress and that he had to flee.”