MERIDEN — In a prepared statement released Thursday, Police Chief Roberto Rosado and Mayor Kevin Scarpati addressed recent gun violence that left two people injured Wednesday.
“Violence in any form, is unacceptable,” Rosado said. “The City and administration will continue to seek ways to reduce gun violence within the community to uphold public safety. I will continue to work with my colleagues to further implement policies that will bring safety to every community in Meriden.”
Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, police were dispatched to reports of gunshots in the area of Hobart and Yale streets.
When officers arrived on scene, they were advised by other officers that two men had just arrived at MidState Medical Center with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The injured men arrived by private vehicle, according to police, who said the pair have been moved to other hospitals.
In the statement, the city said the police department is investigating the incident, and is “committed to providing residents with as much information as possible without compromising the investigation.”
Scarpati said enforcement has been “stepped up” and the city is doing “everything we can” to keep residents safe, but did not elaborate on what actions are being taken.
“These acts of targeted gun violence in our streets cannot define who we are as a community,” Scarpati said in the statement. “I encourage any witnesses to please come forward and provide as much information as possible to our Police Department, so these offenders can be brought to justice."
The statement said the police department is “committed to providing the best possible police service for our community and will not tolerate gun violence.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Robinson of the Meriden Police Department at 203-630-6267.
Police are also investigating an incident that occurred early Tuesday. Gunshots were fired at 500 S. Broad St., a building that houses the Record-Journal and other businesses, as well as a home at 138 Fourth St. No injuries were reported.
In a Facebook Live interview shortly after the city released the statement Thursday, Rosado called the recent gun violence “isolated incidents.”
“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.”
Police have yet to identify suspects, and Rosado said they are still looking into the possibility that the shootings were gang-related. The department is planning to deploy resources to combat the shootings.
“I can’t go into specific details but obviously we’re going to provide more of a presence out there,” he said, calling on the public to step forward and provide information.
“I just want to voice that we are listening to the community members, we know that there’s some public fear out there, and we want to let them know that we are deploying the resources,” said Rosado, who started as chief July 1. “I can tell you that we have all hands on deck here.”