A 28-year-old man from West Haven was killed by shotgun blasts at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. The shooting took place on Hulbert Street in the Hill neighborhood and was the seventh killing in the neighborhood this year.
The victim, Lee Mitchell, is New Haven’s 23rd homicide in 2011, according to The New Haven Register.
Police did not give the suspect’s name and address, nor did they disclose any motive, but they did say it seems that the victim was targeted.
After receiving a tip from a witness to the shooting, police Officer Jillian Knox began a pursuit of the suspect. The officer started the chase on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard and continued onto Legion Avenue as other police joined the pursuit.
The car chase ended at Legion Avenue and Orchard Street where the suspect jumped from his car and fled on foot until he was overtaken in a backyard on Sylvan Avenue by officers Captain Leo Bombalicki, Lieutenant Ken Blanchard and Richard Burgos. A gun was found in the suspect’s vehicle.
The victim did have a criminal record. He was convicted in 2010 for violating a protective order and in 2011 for violating a restraining order.
The street was filled with people, according to a Hulbert Street resident. Heidy Quiles, 30, told the Register that she was outside with four children when the shooting started. She hurried to get them all inside she said, adding that she saw the victim lying on the ground.
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