21-year-old man killed in Derby shooting

DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — Anson street in Derby turning into a crime scene early Friday morning. Police say there was a shooting shortly before 2 a.m. Police are now trying to piece together exactly what happened.

“Several 911 callers indicated that someone was in fact shot,” said Lt. Salvatore Frosceno, with the Derby Police Department. “Officers responded and found an unresponsive male on the ground.”

The victim has been identified as 21 year old Jujuan Benavides.

Darlene Cooper lives in the neighborhood. She was surprised to wake up to crime scene tape and officers all over the area.

“I was kind of blessed because stray bullets go anywhere. There’s no target. So it’s a little alarming being right here,” said Cooper.

Evidence markers were placed up and down the street. One of them right near a gun, which was found under an SUV.

“The gun is certainly involved in the incident and has been recovered,” said Lt. Frosceno.

Detectives were going door-to-door Friday morning talking to anyone who may have witnessed what happened.

One man tells News 8 he heard gun shots, followed by the sound of someone running down the street.

Anson Street has a number of apartments, which are part of the Derby Housing Authority. Many senior citizens live there. Now upset and worried about what happened.

“I just talked to someone and they had no idea what happened, but there are others who heard it last night. They couldn’t sleep. So I’m just around to make sure they know I’m here,” said Derby Mayor Anita Dugatto.

 

Police say the neighborhood has its fair share of criminal activity. Neighbors spoke highly of police who patrol the area. This is the first homicide in Derby since 2012. State Police Major Crime is now assisting with the investigation. As of now no arrests have been made in the case.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are urged to contact police at 203-735-7811.