MERIDEN — A 15-year-old girl and a man were wounded in separate shootings early Sunday.
Neither of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries. Police did not release their names.
According to a statement from Police Lt. John Mennone, the 15-year-old was sitting outside her house at 19 Geer Ave. at 12:46 a.m. with other individuals when two suspects approached from Summit Street and opened fire from a yard behind the house.
The girl was struck by a bullet in her right arm and was transported to the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Police believe either the house or its occupants were targeted by the suspects and that it was not a random shooting.
The male victim appeared to have been driving his vehicle on East Main Street at approximately 2 a.m. when the vehicle was shot at numerous times by the occupants of another vehicle, according to Mennone. The victim sustained gunshot wounds to his chest and head and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
“The nature of the incident and the link between these two vehicles is unknown at this time,” the statement says.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information on the Geer Avenue incident is asked to contact Detective Visconti at 203-630-6252 or email@example.com.
Anyone with information on the East Main Street incident is asked to contact Detective Fonda at 203-630-4178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, two men were shot in the area of Hobart and Yale streets. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries.
On Thursday, Mayor Kevin Scarpati said police were stepping up enforcement in light of the Wednesday shooting and an incident the night before. On Tuesday, gunshots were fired at an office building at 500 S. Broad St. and a home at 138 Fourth St. No one was injured.
In a Facebook Live interview Thursday, new Police Chief Roberto Rosado called the recent gun violence "isolated incidents" adding "the individuals involved are targeting each other.”
“There's a few groups that are involved," Rosado said. "… I can tell you these are isolated incidents. The victims are intended targets."
Rosado said police are looking into the possibility that the shootings were gang-related.