WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s been a rough few weeks in the Waterbury neighborhood around Willow Street and Hillside Avenue. A series of shootings have triggered concern about crime in the area. In one of those incidents, 24 year-old David Rivera-Mateo was shot and killed.
Kayden, who’s 17, looked up to him like a father figure. He called David his uncle.
“It broke my heart,” Kayden said.
Now, the Waterbury Police Department is making its Mobile Command Post a constant presence in the neighborhood. The goals are to respond to crime faster, and establish a presence in the neighborhood to deter crime and make people feel safer.
A manager at a neighborhood corner store says when the mobile unit is there, it does help to keep things calm and more quiet.
“I feel good,” Daniel said. “I feel more safe for me, for my customers.”
When Rivera-Mateo was shot and killed, some of the gunfire ended up shattering a glass inside the corner store and left a bullet-hole in the floor.
“That’s like a little scary,” Daniel said. “I just hope that doesn’t happen anymore.”
That’s what police hope too with their Mobile Command Post in place there more often to keep watch and deter crime.