NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven Police are investigating the first deadly shooting of 2018.
According to police, at approximately 10:44 p.m. Tuesday, New Haven officers were dispatched to Wadley Street on reports of a shooting. Officers found two victims in a car on scene who had been shot. Police say the passenger was shot in the arm, thigh, and leg. The driver had been shot multiple times.
The passenger, who was identified as 34-year-old Corey Bland of Hamden, is in the hospital. The driver, 37-year-old Ronald Wayne Matheney of Hamden, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
An 80-year-old woman who did not want to be identified said she heard the gun fire.
“It sounded like an M-80. That’s what it sound like,” she said. “We need more community policing in this area. This used to be a beautiful area but now it’s not. There’s a lot of drug pushers on this street and this needs to stop.”
She says things have take a turn around here in the past two years. This double shooting just heightened her fears.
“I’m sorry I have to say this, but I’m tired now. I’m 80 years old and I’m tired, but I fight back.”
“It was just unbelievable to us that it happened out here,” said Demetria Thomas. “I thought it was really safe out here like nothing like this ever happens as far as I know.”
Young children passed the police tape on the way to school. For several hours, officers had Wadley Street here blocked off.
Officials say there is no description of any suspects at this time.
Police are requesting help from the public to identify anyone who may be involved in this incident. If you have any information, please call detectives at (203) 946-6304.