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1 killed, 1 injured in Meriden shooting; person of interest in custody

A woman was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries for treatment.

MERIDEN, Conn. — One man is dead and a woman is recovering from her injuries after a shooting in Meriden, police said.

Meriden police said they were called to the area of West Main Street at Lewis Avenue for the report of shots fired around 6 p.m. Monday. 

When officers got to the scene, they found 30-year-old Shawn Mojica and a woman inside a parked vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. Police said a handgun was also found inside the vehicle. Both Mojica and the woman were rushed to a nearby hospital where Mojica was later pronounced dead. The woman is recovering from her injuries and police said she had non-life-threatening injuries. 

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Tuesday morning, Meriden officials said a person of interest was in custody. 

Police said their investigation led them to 33-year-old Warren Watson as a person of interest. Watson was found inside a parked vehicle on Grove Street, also with a gunshot wound. 

He was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

While searching an apartment on Grove Street as part of the investigation, police said a handgun was found. 

Watson was later released from the hospital and was arrested and charged with driving a vehicle under suspension. Meriden officials said Watson was on probation and had a "very lengthy criminal record." Watson was also charged with five counts of violating his probation. 

Watson was held on a 525,000 bond and police said more charges could follow. 

Police said there are no threats to the community and the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Anyone who has any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Thomas Giannakopoulos at (203) 630-6339.

Jennifer Glatz is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. She can be reached at jglatz@fox61.com.  

Doug Stewart is the Senior Digital Content Producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.

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