New Haven man dies after shots fired into home

Joshua Rivera (Photo courtesy of Jorge Reyes)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A New Haven man has died overnight after he was shot in the head inside his home Thursday night.

The shooter was outside and took off with bullets littering the street.

A close look at 128 Greenwood Street show multiple bullet holes, including one in the front window. That is the one that killed 28 year-old Joshua Rivera.

“Preliminarily, it appears that this individual was just seated in his home when a stray bullet went through the window and struck him,” said New Haven Police Assistant Chief Achilles Generoso.

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In all, the shooter fired ten times at 10:18 Thursday night. We know that because New Haven has ShotSpotter, a series of microphones that listens for gunshots around the city. It recorded all ten. Ali Abdul heard the shots a block away, in a mosque that was hosting Ramadan prayers.

“We heard what we assumed was gunshots, but after the prayer dispersed, I came home and I live on this block, so I learned that this was in fact gunfire that I heard,” said Abdul.

News8 spoke to several neighbors who said basically the same thing. They all heard the shots. ‘How could you not?’ said one neighbor, because there were so many. The woman who lives upstairs from the man who died said the shooter was so close, she could smell the gunpowder coming through her open window.

For neighbors, it’s the apparent randomness of Rivera’s death that worries them the most.

“Just sitting there, and the bullets went through his window,” said Abdul. “Yeah, that’s not good. In fact, that’s scary.”

“It appears to us that he was just seated in his home,” said Assistant Chief Generoso. “He’s a tragic victim of a random gunshot.”

One thing police are looking into is motive. Did he intend to hit the man inside, did he even know there was someone inside? Another question is: Who did this? Right now police have a description of a shorter thin man wearing an over-sized black hooded sweatshirt and light colored jeans seen running from the scene.

If you know anything about this shooting, please contact New Haven Police.

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