Cops Make Arrest In Whalley Exxon Murder

The police arrested a 31-year-old man Saturday on charges of having murdered a 35-year-old man the day before outside the Exxon convenience station at Whalley Avenue and Fitch Street.

They charged the arrestee, a convicted felon out on parole, with murder, criminal possession of a pistol without a permit, and violation of probation, in connection with the Friday 3:08 a.m. shooting of Kenneth Nathaniel Cooper.

Police obtained a warrant for the man’s arrest. Then Officer Paul Vitale, while on his beat, spotted the suspect, and was able to take him into custody without incident with the help of other patrol officers, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

Kenneth Cooper, who used to live in New Haven, lived in Waterbury at the time he was shot. A woman he was with at the Exxon station drove him from the scene to the hospital, where he later died, Hartman said.

“Neither the victim or the woman he was with were associated with the Exxon Station or the convenience store,” Hartman reported.

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posted by: LookOut on January 12, 2018  12:39pm

Do we really need all of these 24 hour convenience marts?  The vast majority of the things happening at these places after 2am are not good.  If we reduced the count, the police could keep a better watch.  As with almost all of these stories, we will likely learn that this was not an issue about buying gasoline or milk….

posted by: 1644 on January 12, 2018  3:53pm

Lookout:  No , we don’t need them, but they are convenient.  Do you really think these places cause crime, or that this shooting would not have happened somewhere if this place had been closed?  If we are talking about “nothing good happens after midnight” we would need to have a curfew to keep the bad guys, and everyone else,  off the street after midnight.

posted by: robn on January 12, 2018  5:01pm

Guns don’t kill people…people buying a carton of milk at a convenience store kill people.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on January 12, 2018  8:28pm

@LookOut.How about the shootings that happen in malls and Movie houses?Also this is a Exxon gas station.So your point.

posted by: LookOut on January 12, 2018  11:59pm

1644 and threefifths:  Yes, these places are problems - there is no good reason for them to be selling water pipes, ‘loosie’ cigarettes, single cigars….I could go on.  They are essentially drug supply houses which then make them convenient meeting places for folks involved in those activities.  Yes, people will find a way to do drugs if they really want but it does not do the neighborhood any favors to stay open late encouraging this activity.  The sad thing is that in more ‘well heeled’ neighborhoods, the residents don’t tolerate this and these exist in far smaller numbers, if at all.  It is the bigotry of low expectations that allows this kind of thing in the neighborhoods that most need to be rid of it.

posted by: robn on January 13, 2018  7:27am

LOOKOUT,

There’s a convenience store/gas station on willow street and state street in east rock. The willow street location had been plagued by a series of robberies years ago but not sure about lately (I think due to lack of pedestrian traffic and ease of ability for robbers to get back on highway).

BTW, “Soft bigotry of low expectations” is an insidiously brilliant conservative talking point invented by one of George W Bush’s speechwriters to justify intolerance towards minorities by diverting attention from causal structural racism and to justify the diversion of public school funds to private for-profit schools.

posted by: 1644 on January 13, 2018  11:45am

Lookout: Whalley & Fitch is pretty much Westville village, Westville, with Prospect Hill, being one of the two traditionally best heeled neighborhoods in New Haven.  It’s petty close to Lyric Hall, where I take family heirlooms for restoration.  It’s a convenient place to get gasoline or milk, when traveling to Westville homes from a night downtown at the Rep or the Cabaret, or other cultural event.  The worst that could be said about the location is that it is marginal: on the margin between Westville proper and more downscale areas.  If some of their custom is water pipes and loosies, that must be because some local residents, whether they be on Forest Road or Pendleton, want them.  If local residents don’t want those activities, they can work with their Community Management Team to focus police attention on them,  They might also consider not supporting politicians who are soft on enforcement and punishment for such non-violent activities.

posted by: LookOut on January 13, 2018  4:26pm

@robn:  Thank you - your 2 gas station examples support my point.  Willow St….slightly lower rent area (for now) is open 24 hours and continues to be robbed at least once a year (latest reported by NHI here; https://goo.gl/g2dMBf ) Power gas station at State and Humphrey….slightly higher rent area, closes down at 10pm each night and has had no robberies, parking lot shootings…etc in recent memory. 

And, although I appreciate that you feel the term ‘sort bigotry of low expectations’ is brilliant, that was not my goal.  My goal is to move our society towards a point where everyone enjoys the same opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of race, religion, family history…etc.  In New Haven, CT (more than most anywhere I have ever lived), it is frighteningly normal to accept that ‘those people’ somehow deserve less safety/education/health than the rest of us.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on January 13, 2018  5:29pm

posted by: LookOut on January 12, 2018 11:59pm

1644 and threefifths:  Yes, these places are problems - there is no good reason for them to be selling water pipes, ‘loosie’ cigarettes, single cigars….I could go on.  They are essentially drug supply houses which then make them convenient meeting places for folks involved in those activities.  Yes, people will find a way to do drugs if they really want but it does not do the neighborhood any favors to stay open late encouraging this activity.

But I can say the same thing about the Liquor Stores.What they are selling is legal.

The sad thing is that in more ‘well heeled’ neighborhoods, the residents don’t tolerate this and these exist in far smaller numbers, if at all.  It is the bigotry of low expectations that allows this kind of thing in the neighborhoods that most need to be rid of it.

The well heeled neighborhoods do not have to tolerate this because they come into the hoods and come into inner-city, to cop there drugs.In fact Robert kennedy’S Son David Anthony Kennedy would cop his drugs in Harlem.In 1979, David Anthony Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, was found after having been mugged in what police described as a shooting gallery at 116th Street and Eighth Avenue in a place called the Shelton Plaza Hotel. Mr. Kennedy was not charged with a crime. He died of an overdose of cocaine and other drugs in 1984.(Noitce he did not get charged with a crime). Now the gentrification vampires have turn that Shooting Gallery into a Condo

A Notorious Harlem Shooting Gallery Goes Condo.

https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/21/a-notorious-harlem-shooting-gallery-goes-condo/

posted by: robn on January 13, 2018  7:26pm

LO

New Haven taxpayers continue to pay one of the highest per student rates for education in the most expensive state in the union. So the bigotry is where?

posted by: LookOut on January 14, 2018  9:55am

ThreeFifths:  Yes, what you are describing is likely the exact case with this and many other acts of violence in our city.  We should take action to reduce/eliminate it.

robn: The very fact that the city takes exorbitant amounts of money from its citizens (which are nearly 60% black and/or latino) and then delivers an educational product that leaves most students unprepared for getting a good job or college shows a clearly bigoted system.  Citizens in Avon, North Branford, Seymour….don’t have to deal with this waste of their money

posted by: 1644 on January 15, 2018  7:51am

Lookout:  Actually, at least half New haven’s budget comes from the state, and a majority of the New Haven BoE’s budget is state funding.  So, New Haven residents are not being taxed anywhere near the cost of the services they receive.  Much of the funding is Other People’s Money, which perhaps explains why there is so litle care taken as to what it is spent on.  In Cheshire, Avon, and Branford, people know that hiring an extra guidance counselor, teacher, firefighter, or social worker will come directly out of their property taxes.  Citizens in these communities are, therefore, careful about every expenditure.  In Branford, for instance, the budget is scrubbed by its Board of Finance and then again by its RTM, which scrutinizes every line item, questioning allocations as small as hundreds of dollars in a $100 million plus budget.  For many towns, budgets are put to referenda, at voted on by the entire town.  It is quite common for budgets to be rejected, and for the Selectmen and Boards of Finance to have to reduce budgets.  The result is that there is little room for the waste and patronage hires that permeate New Haven’s spending.

posted by: LookOut on January 15, 2018  8:25am

1644 - yes, you have hit upon one of the insidious concepts that cripples our city.  (the idea that large portions of our budget come from the state and thus, we should feel free to spend other peoples money). 

First, the state money is OUR MONEY as well.  The last I looked, New Haven was squarely within the state of CT and if we combine income tax, sales tax, and various business taxes, we are the top source of state taxes outside Fairfield County.

Second, these dollars come with strings attached….rules, regulations, restrictions…etc that prevent us from using the money in the way that is best for us. 

Third, once we add an item in the budget for one year, we have to fight the argument that a future cut of that item ‘hurts the children’.....even if it is for some office position that was more patronage than education value.  If you want to get depressed, grab a recent budget and count the number of vice principals - all making well over $100K - that are in the New Haven district.  The waste is astounding.

posted by: robn on January 15, 2018  9:05am

1644,

CT dissolved county government in the mid-20th century. This is very uncommon (only CT and RI) and reinforces the financial stress of white/capital/flight from urban areas to suburbs.
In other words, its common in most places in the US to provide services to municipalities with “other people’s money”. New Haven’s large state subsidies are a result of the lack of county government and the anachronistic property tax exemptions.

posted by: tcc036 on January 17, 2018  2:55pm

I love how all the Monday morning quarterbacks are here making the murder apprehension political arguments.

Where’s all those tactical quarterbacks who usually slander NHPD?

Once again, the community shows their true appreciation for the detectives and officers who worked diligently to solve this crime.

Bravo NH!