Neighbors already worried before Monday double shooting

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Betty Thompson has seen a lot over the years in her Cedar Hill neighborhood of New Haven. What she said she hasn’t seen enough of in their relatively small area, is police.

“We need policing over here in the Cedar Hill section of East Rock,” Thompson said, a member of the neighborhood block watch.

Nestled in the foothills of East Rock, Thompson lives on a quiet street in Cedar Hill. Just a couple blocks away is busy upper State Street, where Monday night New Haven Police said two men were shot and injured at a busy gas station around 7:30 p.m.  Police recovered two guns from the scattered crime scene and one of the men remains in critical condition.

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Also in the neighborhood, a man was shot and killed on May Street back in April. Mayor Toni Harp put some of the blame on illegal guns in the hands of criminals, when asked Tuesday morning.

“We make it harder in Connecticut for people to get guns,” Harp said. “Truth is you can get a gun out of state, bring it in and use it.”

Thompson and a core group of about 10 neighbors are taking it further. They’re trying to protect their community with a block watch and establishing a relationship with the police who patrol her district. They want to get to know them personally. Coincidentally a meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night, long before the area’s latest shooting.

There have been no arrests and no suspects named in the Monday night shooting. Last Tuesday a store owner was shot and killed inside his shop in a different neighborhood, but not even a half mile from Monday’s shooting. There have been no arrests and no suspects named in that case either.

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