NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — As lights flicker against the damp sidewalk along Chapel Street friends and neighbors came out Friday evening to comfort one another, one day after a life was taken there too soon.
“It’s a shame,” said Stephanie Freeman who attended the vigil. “I hate to see parents go through this.”
Thursday night 29-year-old Antoine Heath of West Haven was shot in the chest while sitting in a parked car on the outskirts of Edgewood Park. Heath was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital but was later pronounced dead.
Christina Ramos, Heath’s sister, tells News 8 her brother had big plans this weekend, he was scheduled to be baptized at an area church.
“He was ready to give his life over to God and he made a decision on his own and that was something he wanted to surprise the family and do,” said Ramos.
A father of two, police believe Heath was targeted but for those who knew him are struggling to understand why.
“He was visiting a friend, congratulating her on a job that she just got,” said Ramos about what Heath was doing the night he was shot.
Thursday’s shooting has created more than just confusion for those who knew Heath. Rezan Norri who lives in the neighborhood says the shooting has him worrying for his own safety.
“It makes me feel as uncomfortable, feel as in danger,” said Norri.
Police tell News 8 they are still in the process of interviewing witnesses and that the search is still on for the person who pulled the trigger. Anyone with information about the shooting is being asked to get in touch with New Haven Police.