Neighborhood holds meeting after Waterbury shooting

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — It is an alarming shooting, especially when you see it is captured, not only by one camera, but a second one hanging on top of a check cashing store in Waterbury.

The security video shows a couple of guys talking on the street, in front of a check cashing store. Then, a juvenile pulls out a gun and shoots at a second man three times. The man is hit by one bullet in the leg and walks away. Waterbury Chief Vernon Riddick Jr. says it’s an incredibly violent shooting and shockingly casual.

“Even for us in law-enforcement who have been around the block a few times and then around the block again, the casual nature with people just standing around where someone actually just got shot in front of them, is disheartening,” said Riddick.

Police released the video through social media and Chief Riddick Jr. says the response was immediate.

“Once the video played, we got several calls that came in. We had positive identification and we cooperated that information and we were able to bring this juvenile justice,” said Riddick.

There are more than two dozen neighborhood watch groups in Waterbury and they want to take this model forward to knock back crime.

Tonight, the Historic Overlook Community Club met with the police chief to talk about the success of the video, and President Michael Salvio says they are looking for more and more ways that each individual can help.

“We have our community members who look out the windows and record what they see either with a camera or they write it down,” said Salvio.

Community leaders are hoping to use this case and use the momentum to push it forward to help clean up the streets.

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