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Residents shaken by weekend shootings in Meriden

Residents shaken by weekend shootings in Meriden

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MERIDEN — Investigators on Monday continued their probe into two separate Sunday morning shootings that injured a motorist and a 15-year-old girl.

A police spokesman had no new information Monday about the shootings and had no update on the teen or the male motorist’s medical conditions.

Police reported that the teen was sitting outside her home at 19 Geer Ave. around 12:45 a.m. when two suspects reportedly cut through a lot on Summit Street and opened fire into her yard.

According to police, she suffered non life-threatening injuries to her arm and was taken by ambulance to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Investigators believe the suspects targeted the home because they approached from Summit Street.

“The investigations are ongoing and the detective division is working to acquire information on both incidents,” Sgt. John Mennone said in an e-mail.  

Geer Avenue and Summit Street run between Oak and View streets in the city’s Dutch Hill neighborhood near St. Stanislaus Church.

The second incident occurred while the male victim appeared to be driving his vehicle near the 900 block of East Main Street about 2 a.m. The vehicle was shot at numerous times by the occupants of another vehicle, according to Mennone. The portion of East Main Street where the incident occurred is near ramps to Interstate 91 and Route 15, along with several businesses including the Comfort Inn and Suites.

The male motorist suffered gunshot wounds to his chest and head and was transported to a local hospital. 

‘It’s scary’

The Geer Avenue shooting left neighborhood residents rattled.

No one answered the door at 19 Geer Ave. Monday and the street of multi-family homes was quiet. But on Summit Street, residents were eager to talk about the shooting. 

Candace Walter, who has lived on Summit Street for nine years, said Geer Avenue and Summit Street are “different neighborhoods.”

Many of the residents who live in the two-family homes on Summit Street have been there for decades and know each other. By comparison, Geer Avenue has higher density housing with more units and is more transitory, according to Walter. Groups of teens and young adults are often out late at night.

Neighbors have followed the recent spate of gun violence in the city and are worried.

“It’s scary,” Walter said. “My family wants me to leave Meriden. I want to leave someday. It’s not safe. This area is much different in the past couple of years.”

Recently-retired police chief Jeffry Cossette owns the rental property at 19 Geer Ave. where the shooting occurred. 

“It’s unfortunate something like that is happening,” Cossette said. “Hopefully they’ll find out who’s causing the problems.”

Manny Rodriguez, who also lives on Summit Street, wasn’t home when the shooting happened but arrived home to see the heavy police presence on both roads. 

“I don’t know what happened,” Rodriguez said. “Maybe it’s the pandemic, people are losing their minds.” 

Walter did not know the teenage girl shot Sunday but said she is “glad she wasn’t hurt too badly.”

Anyone who may have witnessed or has information on the Geer Avenue incident is asked to contact Detective Visconti at (203) 630-6252, or dvisconti@meridenct.gov.

Anyone who may have witnessed the East Main Street incident or can provide any information is asked to contact Detective Fonda at 203-630-4178, or mfonda@meridenct.gov

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