NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Two people were shot and killed in a shooting in New Haven on Saturday morning.
Police said at approximately 7:55 a.m., the NHPD Dispatch Center was alerted to a ShotSpotter activation of 9 rounds of gunfire. This was followed by multiple 911 calls of gunfire in the area of Winthrop Avenue and Goffe Street.
Officers responded and found two gunshot victims in a parked Acura MDX mid-block on Winthrop Avenue. The male driver, identified as 40-year-old Marquis Darnell McNeil of New Haven, was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The passenger was taken by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital and was pronounced deceased shortly after being admitted. He has been identified as 27-year-old Jonathan Garcia of New Haven.
Detectives from the department’s Major Crimes Unit and Bureau of Identification collected evidence on the scene, which included the seizure of a firearm. Investigators arrested a person of interest, who is currently on parole and are working with the State’s Attorney’s Office on significant leads in the case.
Police said both victims appear to have been targeted.
New Haven Police Chief Karl Jacobson praised the quick and skillful work of responding officers and detectives that have led to many developments in this investigation.
“I detest this senseless loss of life through gun violence. Although we are unable to prevent all crimes, we will devote every resource necessary to bring justice to the victim’s families," said Jacobson.
Police are asking anyone who witnessed this crime or who may have information valuable to investigators to call detectives at 203-946-6304 or through the department’s anonymous tip line at 866-888-TIPS (8477
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