NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Lawrence Atkins, 35, was shot and killed Wednesday night on Bouchet Lane in the Eastern Street area of New Haven.
“They sounded like firecrackers,” said Samantha Davis, describing what she heard. “They didn’t sound like regular gunshots, boom boom, they sounded like little firecrackers.”
“People was running, people was in cars, cars were swerving out real fast,” said Keva Suggs.
“I opened my door and I saw a body a ground and I started panicking,” said Davis.
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The deadly shooting happened steps away from where kids play. Now, parents don’t want their children outside.
“We want security,” said Suggs. “We want to feel safe where we live, where our kids can play.”
Locals say when the housing authority eliminated a security guard, it created a problem.
“As soon as they took the security away, everything started happening over here. Violence, shooting, fights, everything was happening,” Davis said.
“When I was the Alderman, we used to have the security guys ride around in the trucks, housing authority used to do that. I could never say it would be prevented; I believe that if a person sees a security guard riding around he would be more conscious about doing something bad behavior,” said Robert Lee, the former Ward 11 Alderman of New Haven.
Along with a security guard, residents want to see more walking police patrols.
“This is our issue, our community, we got to do something about this,” said Lee.