At approximately 9 pm, at the exit from Essex Townhouses elaborate, on Quinnipiac Avenue, an off-responsibility police officer in her particular car or truck bought the shock of her lifetime.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — There had been two shootings in New Haven Thursday night time, such as one particular the place police are not sure still whether an off-duty Meriden officer was qualified.

At about 9 pm, at the exit from Essex Townhouses complex, on Quinnipiac Avenue, an off-responsibility law enforcement officer in her private car bought the shock of her lifestyle.

“As she was driving out of the elaborate, her vehicle will get struck by numerous rounds of gunfire,” mentioned Assistant New Haven Law enforcement Chief Renee Dominguez.

5 rounds struck her car, such as blowing out the back again window.

“She fled and went down to the gasoline station where by she calls the law enforcement,” said Dominguez. 

Police are investigating no matter whether she was qualified mainly because she is a cop.

“Suitable now we do not believe that,” Dominguez observed. “We just imagine that this was a car or truck that identical to an additional automobile and a situation of mistaken identity. On the other hand, that motor vehicle was the focus on it wasn’t like they were being taking pictures somewhere else, and it (her vehicle) was just in the crossfire.”

Part of the investigation looking into this officer’s arrest historical past and if she had any problems with any suspects that stands out.

“At this time, we’re not having any of that information and facts,” Dominquez extra. “None of that is it’s coming to light-weight.”

Essex Townhouses is component of the New Haven Housing Authority. As for the suspect auto?

“They’re getting some more digicam footage from the housing complicated, from private citizens,” claimed Dominguez. “We have some but ahead of we put everything out, we want to make absolutely sure we’re placing out the accurate info.”

The law enforcement officer, who does not reside in the sophisticated, was just traveling to someone. 

“Around this place, we have experienced a historical past of gunfire in this complex, but not given that the start of the year,” mentioned Lt. Jason Rentkowicz of the

New Haven Law enforcement Department. 

All we know about the suspect so significantly is police think various men and women ended up concerned in this taking pictures. And, it truly is as well early to tell if they had been juveniles. 

New Haven Law enforcement say they will have a large presence around this intricate for the upcoming couple of times canvassing all citizens of the sophisticated and neighboring properties. 

Anyone with info is questioned to call the New Haven Law enforcement Department at 203-946-6304. Meriden Law enforcement say they are performing with New Haven to see if the incident was related in any way to the officer’s do the job as a police officer. 

The New Haven Police Union introduced a assertion pertaining to the incident: 

Shootings and murders are both equally soaring unremittingly upward in New Haven, but our Point out elected officers have clearly determined that proactive policing is not a priority. Criminals are emboldened and brazen. Residents and website visitors alike are now synonymous as victims in this metropolis.