Murder On Button St.

Thomas MacMillan PhotoPolice are investigating the city’s fifth homicide of the year, the murder of a 23-year-old at 48 Button St.

Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Joe Avery:

At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, police and EMS personnel responded to 548 Washington Ave. in the Hill on a report of a person needing medical help. They found 23-year-old Michael Johnson suffering from numerous gunshot wounds to the torso. He was inside a parked car near his home at 544 Washington Ave. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit determined that the Johnson was shot near 48 Button St., just a few blocks away. While the investigation is in preliminary stages, evidence suggests the murder may be drug-related.

Police are asking anyone with information on the crime to call (203) 946-6304. All tips will remain anonymous.

In other crime news, according to Avery:

At 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday an 80-year-old man flagged down an officer in front of 79 Howe St. and told the cop he had just been assaulted and robbed. The man had been pistol-whipped and had a head laceration. He told police he was approached by a man with a gun in the driveway of 107 Howe St. The man demanded money. The 80-year-old refused and was pushed to the ground and hit with the gun. The victim then handed over $120.

At 12:12 a.m. on Thursday, a Domino’s deliverer was robbed by three men, one of who had a gun. It happened at 92 Shepard St. They took cash.

Crime Map

Click here for a list of major crimes for March 2. Click on the image below to see those incidents placed on a citywide map.

NHPDFor block-by-block year-to-date crime information, plus daily crime maps, check out the Independent’s Crime Log.

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posted by: Noteworthy on March 3, 2011  5:27pm

He got button-holed. Time for a “where’s the gun”  demonstration.

posted by: No Usurpers on March 3, 2011  6:19pm

What? No comments? Oh, this story doesn’t cover “traffic calming” or “bicycle lanes” or anything “unsustainable”.

posted by: Edgehood on March 4, 2011  1:50pm

Oh you want comments…??

1.) We would see a lot less of this if we legalised drugs.

2.) We would see a lot less of this if the economy was better.

3.) ‘Good work’ to New Haven PD for a speedy response…!!

4.) I wonder if there are any cameras on 107 Howe…??

5.) My heart goes out to the victims.