Shooting victim charged in New Haven double shooting

Labian McKnight (Photo: New Haven Police)
Labian McKnight (Photo: New Haven Police)


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police have made an arrest in a double shooting from October 24.

Police responded to the Hess Gas Station on Ferry and State Streets around 7:30 p.m. on October 24 for a report of two men shot. Police say 25-year-old Akeem Whitley was shot in the leg and stomach and was found on the Ferry Street bridge and 31-year-old Labian McKnight was shot in the back and the shoulder and was found in the doorway to the gas station attendant’s booth. Both men were hospitalized.

Police say they have the two guns that were used in the “shootout.” One was found on the bridge where Whitley was and the other was at the gas station where McKnight was found.

On Tuesday, police saw McKnight driving on Dixwell Avenue. He was arrested and charged with first degree robbery, first-degree assault, criminal use of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. McKnight was arraigned on Wednesday where his bond was set at $250,000. He’s due back in court on November 22.

Police say since March 2001, McKnight has been arrested more than 50 times.

Police say the shooting is still under investigation.