3 Shot, 1 dead

Gunfire broke out in the downtown club district early Saturday morning, injuring two and killing one two blocks from the Yale campus on commencement weekend, according to police.

Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:

Police responded at 1:57 a.m. to Crown and College streets on multiple reports of a shooting. Officers working in the nightclub district also responded after hearing gunfire.

Police found two victims at the corner. One had been shot in the leg, fracturing his femur. The other, 21-year-old Tyrell Drew, was shot in the chest and died after being transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

An hour later, at about 3 a.m., a third victim sought treatment at Bridgeport’s St. Vincent Medical Center, claiming to have been injured by gunfire at Crown and College. He had been shot in the left shin and the left side and was treated and released from the hospital.

“Witness statements as well as gathered evidence suggests the shooting, believed to have been perpetrated by one person, could have been the aftermath of an earlier dispute at one of the area nightclubs,” Hartman said.

“Although such incidents are rare in New Haven, the police department has placed a lot of focus on nightclubs and the behavior of their patrons. Violence at nightclubs is particularly troubling. Alcohol-fueled disputes in crowded spots pose a greater threat to bystanders. This is, however, not a crime unique to the downtown. Recent and reoccurring gun violence outside the troubled Taurus Club on Winchester Avenue, for example, has prompted the need for enhanced police presence. Such a presence is required at several other infamous spots as well.

“The Police Department plans to enhance its nightclub area patrol detail through the weekend.

“Detectives from the departments Major Crimes Division as well as the Bureau of Identification are investigating this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 203-946-6316 or 203-946-6304 to speak with a detective.”

Bullets flew at the same downtown street corner in September, 2010, prompting a police crackdown on the club district.

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posted by: Curious on May 18, 2013  10:04am


If we can have random traffic stops for sobriety, why not random searches for ilegal guns?

posted by: Greg-Morehead on May 18, 2013  1:29pm

“Although such incidents are rare in New Haven, the police department has placed a lot of focus on nightclubs and the behavior of their patrons.


posted by: anonymous on May 18, 2013  8:42pm

Traffic stops would help catch the guns. Stop the people who speed and run reds. Unfortunately traffic enforcement is not a police priority.

posted by: just my view on May 20, 2013  1:05pm

Pretty sad commentary when this incident receives very little press coverage.

posted by: JustAnotherTaxPayer on May 20, 2013  2:48pm

This type of incident is “rare”? Compared to where? Not other towns or cities. Even NYC has a better track record then New Haven in their entertainment areas, and as many New Yorkers compare downtown New Haven to the Lexington Av area of midtown these continued shootings in the bar district are an embarrassment and basically a “failure to Protect” the public. Yes, the city’s police department, and city hall are at fault for not coming up with a solution to the continued slaughter of young people within the city’s borders, and particularly the downtown area, where the diversity of those that come down, lays bare the possibility of innocent people being shot and killed.