“She’s Dead, Right?”

Nineteen-year-old Golda “smiled” and “laughed” as she told police how she pointed “Little G,” her .380-caliber handgun, at her 16-year-old friend Jamese and pulled the trigger. She thought the safety was on. It wasn’t.

That’s what led to a deadly scene inside a Garden Street apartment, according to a police report released Monday.

Police arrested Golda and charged her with accidentally shooting her friend Jamese Hudson to death in the apartment Sunday.

Golda—the nickname of a girl whose boyfriend was shot to death at the same address in March, allegedly by a Bloods gang member—fled the scene of the shooting. Hudson’s relatives caught up with her in Newhallville and beat her; the cops arrived and took her to the police station. There Golda confessed, according to police.

She is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. A judge ordered her Monday to be kept on suicide watch. The charges: manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm; carrying a pistol without a permit; unlawful discharge of a firearm.

According to a police report of the incident prepared by Detective Michael Wuchek:

Golda and Hudson were hanging out in Golda’s second-floor bedroom Sunday afternoon in the apartment on Garden Street where Golda lives with, among others, her mother and her aunt. The apartment is part of a series of two-story homes set back from Garden near Dwight Street; it’s part of the sprawling Kensington Square apartment complex in the Dwight neighborhood.

It was around 1:45 p.m. Another member of the household dozed off on a couch on the first floor of the apartment after hearing the girls “giggling” upstairs, according to the report. Then a loud gunshot woke her up. Golda “ran down the stairs and said, ‘I just shot Jamese by accident. I got to go.’” Then Golda fled.

Jamese lay in her blood upstairs, shot in the face.

At 3:19 p.m. police arrived at a “large fight” at Winchester Avenue and Read Street. “A large group” was “assaulting” Golda. Medics treated Golda on the scene. Then, at police headquarters, she gave police her statement.

She reportedly described how she and Jamese regularly played with the handgun “Little G,” which Golda has owned for about six months. She had bought it after a member of the Bloods gang, which is active in the neighborhood, allegedly shot her boyfriend to death in the lot right outside the apartment in March.

Golda “stated that she put the safety on and pointed the gun at Jamese and when she pulled the trigger, the gun went off shooting Jamese in the face.”

At that point, Golda “got scared and got dressed and left.” She asked other members of the house to get an ambulance. “She said she did not call 911 because her phone has a GPS in it and she did not want to get tracked. She said she called her boyfriend ... and told him she is coming over and that she is in trouble. She took the .380 caliber handgun with her. She said she gave [the boyfriend] the handgun in his basement bedroom located on Gibbs St. She changed her clothes, showered and left ...”

The police report describes how Golda “showed no emotion or remorse (she smiled, laughed and joked) during the entire interview ... When asked if she understood the severity of Jamese’s injuries, she said ‘she’s dead right?’”

Welcome To The Neighborhood

Quita Robertson lives in the apartment next door to Golda’s on Garden Street. She was coming home from church Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m. “As soon as I got off the bus, I saw a whole lot of cops,” she recalled Monday morning.

As shocking as the event was, Robertson wasn’t totally surprised: Just the prior weekend she had called police to report gunshots being fired from that apartment around 3 or 4 a.m. “It sounded like it was in the air. I knew it was gunshots. It terrified me.”

Robertson said trouble happened in that apartment all the time. As well as in the surrounding area.

Robertson moved to the apartment from Norwalk earlier this year. “This is the second [homicide] that happened here” already, she said. “I work and stay home. I barely come out.”

Now she wants to move. “It’s very scary living here. I have a child” who’s 18 months old, Robertson said. “My next move is getting out of here. I never lived like this before in my life. I don’t deserve to live like this.”

Another neighbor, Tenia Howell (pictured at the top of the story), moved several doors down in the same complex in June with her young son. She came from Rosette Street in the Hill. The shooting didn’t faze her. “it’s just like Rosette,” she said. “Same thing—the shooting, the killing. Life is crazy.”

A woman who lives across the street, who declined to give her name, said she knows Golda’s family; he daughter went to Roberto Clemente School with Golda. The woman said she works in the neighborhood as well.

“A lot of the kids I work with—a lot of teenagers hang out [in Golda’s apartment] that don’t actually live in the neighborhood,” the woman said. She said Golda’s aunt, the head of the household, is often out of the house caring for an elderly mother in a convalescent home.

“It’s tragic,” she said of the shooting. “It’s not only one life lost, but two. The girl who shot her will have to do time.”

An older cousin of Jamese, former Hill Alderman Tony Dawson, expressed frustration over the continued problems at the apartment, which he said formed a backdrop to the shooting. “Anything and everything is going on in that house,” he said. “That house has been like that the last two or three years. Everybody in the neighborhood knew what was going on.”

Lt. John Velleca, who is in charge of the investigation, said Monday afternoon that he knows of “no connection” between the young women involved in the incident and the Bloods. He also said that “we don’t think” Golda “had a role” in the murder of her boyfriend back in March.


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posted by: wow on October 25, 2010  8:20am

17 year old girl playing with a gun?

posted by: Bill on October 25, 2010  9:35am

There is no mention of the type of handgun but if it was a semi-automatic, after dropping the clip you have to check that there isn’t a bullet in the chamber. That could be a deadly error.

posted by: jim on October 25, 2010  12:53pm

You play with guns and sometimes things like this happen.  Guns are to be locked up state law do we know who owns the gun. Go by the state law and prosecute the owner.

posted by: R on October 25, 2010  2:41pm

Pointing a gun at someone and pulling the trigger doesn’t sound like an accident.

posted by: streever on October 25, 2010  3:06pm

What a sad story.

posted by: Cedarhillresident on October 25, 2010  3:29pm

This is just sad. I am sorry for both family’s. My heart goes out to all of you.

posted by: Fairhaven Dave on October 25, 2010  4:01pm

.380…. ow that is a tiny bullet without much powder behind it.  I hope the victim didn’t suffer for too long. 

I also hope the shooter is charged as an adult and removed from the gene pool for a while.  The degree of raw stupidity in some of these neighborhoods boggles the mind.

posted by: Hmmm... on October 25, 2010  4:49pm

@Fairhaven Dave: Which neighborhoods are you talking about? And do you mean the ENTIRE neighborhood and everyone in it? Are you saying that stupid stuff only happens in neighborhoods that just happen to be full of poor people? Brown people? What are you trying to say?

How DARE you try to identify my neighborhood by an occasional tragedy!!! To do so is an insult to people like me who are working hard to make a difference. Yes I take your comment personally because I live in this neighborhood. ...
Stupid is stupid but it is not relegated to a particular neighborhood or people. I’ll be you do some pretty stupid stuff yourself. You just haven’t had the bad luck of it taking someone’s life… yet.

If you want to make a comment about this incident that’s fine but please don’t try to paint the entire neighborhood with your brush.

... the degree of raw stupidity that gets posted on this site boggles the mind too.

posted by: Alex on October 25, 2010  6:32pm

So where are the Street Outreach people? This was an obviously a well known trouble spot. The Outreach people should have known about it and intervened a long time ago - particularly since there had been a homicide there this year and gun shots fired recently. They should have had this place on watch. These people have a million dollar budget and are not doing their job! They are not in touch with what’s going on in the neighborhoods.

posted by: M on October 25, 2010  7:20pm

Right on Hmmm!

posted by: kamb on October 25, 2010  7:24pm

why is this girl, the shooter, laughing and joking about shooting her friend?

posted by: Vinny G on October 25, 2010  8:30pm

Statistically speaking Newhallville has had its share of troubling times.
The story paints the picture, how this young girl procured the fire arm and her actions during the testimony. 

Sad from every angle.

posted by: Fairhaven Dave on October 25, 2010  10:52pm

I live in Fairhaven so don’t preach to me about identifying neighborhoods based on bad press.  I also seem to remember race and income having nothing to do with intelligence from a biological or sociological standpoint and would appreciate it if you would stop implying I have some vendetta.  Your assuming as much is a bit racist if you ask me.

Outside of game hunting, it is nearly impossible to accidentally shoot anybody.  I have been around thousands and thousands of firearms in my time and none of them have accidentally killed anybody.  For civilians to obtain one legally you need to understand one fundamental rule: regardless of the state of the safety, chamber, magazine, etc… YOU DON’T POINT A GUN AT ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SHOOT!  I assume bail being set at $1,000,000 means the judge knows this basic fact.  If the gun was owned illegally there is no such thing as an accident.  Keep this stupid girl off the street before she ‘accidentally’ kills somebody else.

posted by: cassie on October 25, 2010  11:18pm

So sad what a dummy to play with gun not only did you you ruin your life you ruined the lives of the family who loved that girl and took her life. Shame people need to grow up and change their ways. Sending my prayers to the family.

posted by: wow on October 26, 2010  7:47am

To Fairhaven Dave… A .380 is just a short 9mm.  I think you should have said wow, a small bullet with less gun powder than a 9.

posted by: snoopy on October 26, 2010  7:52am

Sad yet another young life taken so early and by more violence.  If gun was owned by alleged shooter, why is a teenager allowed to purchase a gun. Or was it street purchased?  Reports have Golda living at Garden St.  Odd a young visitor in PM would be sleeping.  Per police report Golda, “smiled, laughed, and joked during entire interview.”  I wonder why?

posted by: junebugjune on October 26, 2010  10:00am

It seems a little ridiculous and unnecessary to opine on anyone’s intelligence or attack anyone’s neighborhood.
I think we all agree this was a tragedy and whether this was stupidity, or intentionally malicious is irrelevant.
It is a complicated and drawn our process to secure a pistol permit, so I’d be shocked if this young woman bought this gun legitimately.  Where are these guns coming from and what can we do to keep them out of our children’s hands? Can we talk about that for a second?
I say the schools are a good place to start, but let’s hear some ideas.

posted by: V on October 26, 2010  10:39am

Idiots buying guns illegally.  This is what happens.  If she bought the gun legally, it would be nice to know how she got her permit approved so fast after her boyfriend got shot; mine took 4+ months for the city to process.

I love the car without a license plate outside the house, too.  Absolutely no respect for the law, no expectation that the rules the rest of us live by would be followed.

posted by: snoopy on October 26, 2010  10:49am

Could the guns be coming from same place as the drugs?  I disagree that schools are a good place to start talk about gun control.  Schools nor churches are giving birth. Nor are they responsible for raising ones children.  Therefore the place to start is in the homes. Far too many people expect from these two institutions the impossible.

posted by: Citizen2 on October 26, 2010  12:04pm

another fine triumph for the liberal social architects of new haven… single parent families and government dependency produces such conscience and empathy, doesn’t it?

“The police report describes how Golda “showed no emotion or remorse (she smiled, laughed and joked) during the entire interview ...”

posted by: iMULilSis on October 26, 2010  3:05pm

... She knew what she was doing and unless she had a mental illness she knew better then to point a gun at my baby and pull the trigger! Screw manslaughter she deserves murder in the first!

posted by: demarlo allen on October 26, 2010  8:40pm

god bless both family’s my god keep you all and to the family with the lost know your Angel smiles on you all from heaven this will not be easy but let the hate you have in your heart for the the Young lady she has no Peace hate in your heart will not bring your little one back we as black people need to stop killing one another with hate and violence god bless my prays to you

posted by: RIPJAMESE on October 27, 2010  8:58am


posted by: jim on October 27, 2010  12:56pm

19 can’t buy a gun. can’t get a permit. got to jail do not pass go don’t get free pass.  that it’s….........

posted by: Nijija-Ife Waters on November 1, 2010  5:50pm

The writer should have been more careful with the words that was used. This story will bring more life to an end.

posted by: J.T. on November 2, 2010  9:59am

I find it really messed up that she “got scared and got dressed…”. If it was an accident would you get dressed? no you would freak out and joke around about it. Terrible. My thoughts go out to the Hudson family.