New Haven, Conn. (WTNH)– The New Haven police department is currently investigating an overnight shooting from over the weekend.
According to police, a 22 year old male, Carlos Catalon, flagged down an officer shortly after 2 AM Sunday to report that he spotted his stolen car in the area of Howard Avenue and Sea Street after it was stolen in East Haven earlier in the evening.
Catalon told the officer that he was in the military and that his handgun may be in the glove compartment of his car. After providing details to police, the officer began his search for the stolen car. Police say Catalon and two of his friends also searched for the car on their own.
Some time later, Catalon flagged down another officer on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard and told him they found his stolen car at the I-95 on ramp. Two officers went to the area to investigate.
Police found the car, with a shattered window and bullet holes through the driver’s door. Police also found blood on the steering wheel and elsewhere in the car.
While the officers were looking at the vehicle, dispatchers informed police a male entered the Yale New Haven Hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound.
After hearing about the victim in the hospital, police say Catalon told them when he reported the car stolen, he believed his gun was inside the car. After a friend spotted the car on Howard Avenue, Catalon and his friend headed to the last known location, when he then realized his gun was in his friend’s car.
Catalon spotted the car and approached it, according to police. The driver, 24 year old Hector Miranda, then began to speed at him. Fearing he would the struck, Catalon fired several shots into the vehicle. He then handed his gun to his girlfriend to hold on to.
Police say Miranda was in the hospital for treatment for a gunshot wound and an injury to his face as a result of crashing into a parked car while speeding off. When speaking to police, he stated he was walking alone on Orchard Street near Davenport Avenue when he heard two men arguing, gunfire, and realized he was shot.
Police say that Miranda then admitted to driving the stolen car. He said someone named “Jose” approached him about buying the stolen car. Miranda took the car for a test drive. He said he saw a tan car pull up and heard “Jose” yell to him to “go, go go.” He told police he panicked and fled as bullets struck the car. He then struck a parked VW Jetta and lost control of the car on the highway on ramp.
Miranda then said he realized he was shot and ran to the hospital. No arrests have been made at this time, and the investigation is ongoing. Police say Catalon does have a valid pistol permit.