Police have identified the 32-year-old man killed in a shooting in his apartment building early Saturday morning in Meriden and said police are investigating a suspect.
Victor Nina, 32, was shot once in the chest. Police believe he was shot in a second floor apartment at 32 Cook Ave. and made his way to the first floor landing where he collapsed and died. No one has been arrested at this time, but police said they have a suspect in mind.
Firefighters were first to respond to the apartment building because the call first came in as a fire alarm. Numerous other 911 calls followed from neighbors reporting hearing a commotion upstairs at the Huntington Place apartment building. Police encountered a chaotic scene around 4:45 a.m. when they arrived.
“Once officers arrived on the scene it was quite chaotic," Meriden police Sgt. Darrin McKay said. "We had people up in the hallway as well as down in the parking lot, and right now we do have two active crime scenes working.”
Police are investigating two crime scenes, the apartment where they believe the man was shot and the parking lot behind the building.
One neighbor heard a gunshot fired.
“It was about quarter to five or ten to five in the morning, and I heard one gun shot, and then police were here within about five seconds," Walter McGrath, of Meriden, said. “It’s not a good area, here this building. I always check behind my back when I walk here.”
The identity of the supect has not been released.
Officers are interviewing about a half dozen witnesses to determine why the shooting occurred and who fired the gun that killed the man.
Police say this is a very active investigation and they are working to interview witnesses. They have not arrested anyone but said the incident is over and there is no threat to the public.