Man Shot Dead Outside Stop & Shop Plaza

Thomas MacMillan PhotoA young man was killed Tuesday afternoon outside a “hot spot” laundromat.

The shooting occurred on Elm Street shortly before 1 p.m.

Police confirmed an hour later that the victim has died. The 20-year-old’s name was Tyrell Trimble. (His age was incorrectly reported in an earlier version of this story.)

He stumbled across Elm Street after a masked gunman fired at least two shots that hit him, according to Assistant Police Chief Archie Generoso. A Good Samaritan tried to help the victim, according to Generoso.

About 15 people were present when Sgt. Max Joyner showed up at the original scene. Joyner said the victim had a “slight pulse” when he arrived.

One witness told police that the shooter was a passenger in a brown Chevy Astro van with Pennsylvania plates, and that the van was seen headed toward the Hospital of St. Raphael. The van is believed to have been stolen. The van was believed to have been ditched later at Vine Street and Sylvan Avenue in the Hill; police cordoned off the area and the nearby Strong School was placed on lockdown.

Dwight Alderman Frank Douglass (pictured) had just shopped at Stop & Shop and was putting the groceries on the counter of his home on the block, at Orchard and Elm, when he heard “pap-pap-pap-pap-pap-pap.”

“Did you hear that?” he asked his wife.

Then he heard more shots.

Douglass ran outside to see a young man lying unconscious on the ground on Elm Street right by the shopping center’s Precision Wash & Dry Laundromat. The laundromat has been a “hot spot” for trouble, he said.

A man identified as the victim’s brother came outside and starting crying and screaming in horror, Douglass said. He said the brother works at Stop & Shop.

When paramedics arrived and cut off some of the victim’s clothing, Douglass said, he saw that a bullet had entered the left shoulder and exited through the right sides of the victim’s back.

Douglass said he asked bystanders if anyone had seen anything. They all claimed they hadn’t. “Somebody saw something,” he insisted. “If they don’t come forward, it’s like they pulled the trigger.”

People don’t talk to the cops because they’re scared they’ll be the next victim, said Ibrahim Shareef, who said he runs a “holding company” business out of the laundromat.

Shareef disputed Douglass’ characterization of the laundromat as a hot spot for trouble: “He’s lying.” Shareef and others make sure nothing happens there, he claimed. “It’s a violence-free zone.”

“He was a good kid,” a man named Billy T. said of the victim. “I never seen him with an angry bone in his body.”

Trimble had numerous pending criminal charges against him, according to the state judicial website. Charges included resisting arrest, interfering with an officer, violating a protective order, and disorderly conduct.

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posted by: Curious on May 15, 2012  2:11pm

If it was a “hot spot for trouble”, then why wasn’t more being done about it?

The cops on duty at Stop and Shop are often texting, or reading somethng…not paying attention to what is around them.

posted by: Yaakov on May 15, 2012  2:55pm

Of the dozen times that my family’s done laundry there, I think we’ve seen fights break out three times. It definitely seems like a “hot spot for trouble” to me.

posted by: anonymous on May 15, 2012  2:56pm

Scary to have a shooting in broad daylight. I feel very bad for the neighbors and employees at Stop and Shop, plus family members of the victim.

Unfortunately, this (and other crimes) are all too common.  Hopefully the city understands that this type of violence is the direct result of the 50%+ unemployment rates among young males in these neighborhoods.

Unfortunately, our city is spending literally billions of dollars to build new Winstanley parking garages for suburban commuters and widen roads and highways (construction projects that, despite the city’s extensive marketing program, employ almost zero local residents), instead of taking care of this serious problem.

The city thinks that hiring more suburban residents to staff cop patrols will help this, even though it has been shown that adding more patrols just makes people feel less safe in their neighborhoods, unless you hire patrols and maintenance staff from among the population living in the neighborhood.

We talk endlessly about reducing the violence—but then take no concrete steps that actually would reduce it in any meaningful way.  We need new leadership that can stop this endless cycle of talk and no action.

posted by: THREEFIFTHS on May 15, 2012  3:07pm

Now are we going to cut stop and shops hours like the smoke shop.

posted by: BenBerkowitz on May 15, 2012  4:55pm

It looks as if this laundromat area was referenced by a SeeClickFix user looking for greater police presence in the area:

I’m sorry for the family, friends and community loss.

posted by: Wildwest on May 15, 2012  7:36pm


posted by: Mister Jones on May 16, 2012  4:27pm

Now I understand why people in the neighborhood opposed a new laundromat at Whalley and the Boulevard.

posted by: City Hall on May 16, 2012  9:49pm

The most egregious comment on this story is, a full 24 hours after back-to-back Homicides cut down two more people in our Elm City and only 8 folks comment and these two stories.  We’re speechless and careless!!  end comment.  The Blood keeps on spilling!!!

posted by: HhE on May 16, 2012  11:46pm

My condolences to the family.

City Hall, yes, this and the other murder is awful.  I don’t know which is worse, that the TV news vultures are not circling this, or if they did.  Beyond expressing condolences to the families, what is there really to say?

Threefifths:  the laundromat, not Stop and Shop; 1PM, not 1AM. 

Curious, while I abhor texting at any time, especially when Officers are in uniform, but those who work at Stop and Shop are not exactly “on duty.”  They are the store’s pay roll as independent contractors.

Yaakov, if 3 out of 12 times (25%) I went to a laundromat, a fight broke out, I would find a new laundromat or just use my sink. 

anonymous, $135 million is a billion and change, not “billions of dollars.”  While I think the design for rt 34 is seriously flawed, and the process the city has used profoundly flawed, I do take issue with deliberate vagueness with numbers as a way making a position apear stronger than it is.

posted by: Fairhaven#27 on May 17, 2012  7:52am

Very sad what we have to deal with. All these young people being shot and summer is around the corner.

posted by: Curious on May 17, 2012  9:52am

HhE, what kind of contractor are they serving as, exactly?  Paid by Stop & Shop or not, I would expect them to be functioning in some kind of security role, not reading and texting and being completely unaware of their surroundings…and I mean even just in the store area, not the plaza.

You may as well put up a mannequin in a police uniform, and flush $200 down the toilet every hour.

posted by: anonymous on May 17, 2012  10:08am

HhE - Sorry that you misread the statement, but it was not inaccurate. What was the cost of the garage, planning, Route 34 west, Q bridge, Whalley widening project last year, I95/91 interchange, I95 widening, and related highway bridges, altogether?  The total is well over $2 billion. Imagine what that investment could have done to provide jobs and opportunities for people who live here (other than the relatively tiny handful paraded around by politicians).

posted by: NH observer on May 17, 2012  11:21am

To echo ‘anonymous’:
“Unfortunately, our city is spending literally billions of dollars to build new Winstanley parking garages for suburban commuters and widen roads and highways…, instead of taking care of this serious problem.”

“We talk endlessly about reducing the violence—but then take no concrete steps that actually would reduce it in any meaningful way.  We need new leadership that can stop this endless cycle of talk and no action.”

- - I couldn’t agree more!  Getting new (or at least proactive) leadership is exactly what New Haven needs!  Want the people in the ‘hood’ to care? Local politicians should take a hint & do unto others - actually giving a damn breeds others to do the same.  Yes, it takes time & commitment, but it has a much better pay-off than a new this & a new that.

posted by: HhE on May 20, 2012  11:12pm

Curious, Stop and Shop apparently considers it value for money, as they continue to employ off duty Officers.  If it were my store, I would make a condition of moonlighting to not use electronic entertainment while working for me.

anonymous, while i take issue with the car centric, out of town accommodating, infrastructure improvements, I continue to take issue with imprecise language that is used to shore up an argument—even one I may agree with.  Two billion dollars is “billions” but it is a world apart from 20 billion, or 100 billion. 

In the past, you have made some very dubious claims regarding how crime could be reduced.  This conduct undermines those arguments of yours that are sound.