NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–A formal announcement came from New Haven police on Monday that an arrest has been made in the shooting of two half brothers last month.
18-year old Jeffrey Covington of New Haven was charged in the shooting that left 17-year old Taijhon Washington dead, and his half brother 16-year old Trayvon Washington partially blind with a bullet still lodged in his head.
It happened back on March 24th as the two were walking home from a friend’s house.
There were initial reports that police thought the shooting might be gang related. But on Monday, police said they have no proof that is true.
Police met privately with the victim’s family on Monday before officially announcing the arrest.
“A young man of this dear family is a young man of this beloved city. And we all grieve together,” said New Haven police chief Dean Esserman.
“I want to thank [police] for making it clear that the allegations that my little cousin was in a gang were not validated,” said Barbara Fair, who was Taihon Washington’s cousin. “And you will find that in the end he was not in a gang.”
The family says the arrest starts their healing, but they say more needs to be done to heal New Haven.
“We will get to the root of where all of these guns are coming from because I think that’s another big part of this arrest,” Fair said. “Not just locking someone up, but putting an end to this flow of guns into our community.”
Police said that this kind of street violence has been decreasing in New Haven.
Monday’s announcement comes just days after new haven mayor Toni Harp announced a new initiative targeting at-risk kids and their families to try to cut down on gun violence, especially as the warm summer months approach.