Two homicides and a shooting in New Haven on Wednesday are connected, police said on Thursday afternoon and the department is increasing patrols.
Police have not said how the shootings are connected other than that the victims are connected.
"These shootings are not random. They are not about the neighborhoods or the good people who live and work in them. The three victims are connected," Police Chief Dean Esserman said in a statement.
The first shooting happened at 12:29 p.m. on Wednesday.
Police responded to a shooting outside of 85 South Genessee Street in the McConaughy Terrace public housing complex and found Brian Gibson, 23, of New Haven, police said. An ambulance rushed him to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he died from his wounds.
Police said they have a description of the suspected shooter and are looking for a man seen running from the scene. He is in his late teens to early 20s. His hair was braided and he was wearing a blue and white baseball cap.
The second homicide and third shooting both happened at 10:28 p.m.
Police responded to 295 Division Street and found Errol Marshal, 19, of New Haven, on the front porch. He was pronounced deceased at the scene, police said.
Around the same time, police responded to 169 Shelton Avenue, a block away, and found Courtney Jackson, 25, also of New Haven, suffering from gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said.
An ambulance rushed him to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he is in stable condition, according to New Haven police. The wound is not believed to be life-threatening.
No arrests have been made.
Teams of detectives from the department's Major Crimes Division, Shooting Task Force, Intelligence Unit and Bureau of Identification are developing many leads in these cases, police said.
Anyone who witnessed the shootings should call police at 203-946-6304 to speak with a detective.
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