By Diane Scarponi, The Associated Press
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A car pulled from a city pond was linked
Wednesday to the random shootings of five people this week, police
No new shootings have been reported since Monday, when three men who
were waiting for rides to work were shot. All five victims survived
the shootings, but three remained in area hospitals Wednesday.
Witnesses and some of the victims reported that they were shot by a
gunman who fired from the passenger-side window of a moving car,
leading police to believe that at least two people were involved in
State police tests on bullet shell casings found at the scenes showed
the same gun was used in all five shootings, but three different cars
were seen around the shooting sites.
A car that was found in a pond in Edgewood Park on Tuesday has been
linked to at least one shooting, police said. A witness reported
seeing the car, a black Dodge Intrepid, bring driven into the pond
Monday morning, minutes after the last shooting.
The car was reported stolen from a New Haven resident, Sgt. Kevin Costin said.
Police divers were back in the pond Wednesday, looking for a gun or
other evidence. Other officers used metal detectors or pawed through
garbage barrels in the park. They also searched wooded areas and
"We're going to do a thorough search, looking for contraband,
anything," Costin said.
Mayor John DeStefano Jr. said the public has given police many good
tips since the police put out a call for help Monday.
State police are aiding city police with the investigation. They have
been rounding up people with outstanding warrants, and have targeted
street crime and car thefts, which is helping calm the city down,
There also were extra police patrols in the neighborhoods where the
shootings happened, which are at opposite sides of the city.
Two of the shootings occurred at about 3 a.m. Sunday in the
Newhallville section of the city. Three other shootings happened
within 15 minutes of one another just before 6 a.m. Monday in the
Early Sunday morning, Gregory Jones, 18, and Chris Lowery, 20, were
shot as they stood outside a house talking with friends. They were
both treated and released from Yale-New Haven Hospital.
On Monday morning, Jose Rivera, 24; Robert Blake, 41; and Angel Colon
were shot within 15 minutes of one another in a several-block radius.
They remained in area hospitals Wednesday.
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Police had no description of a suspect.