WFSB: Shooting in Hamden

The television station is reporting that police are investigating a shooting that happened on Shelton Avenue Saturday.


Television station WFSB Channel 3 is reporting that police are investigation an overnight shooting that happened Saturday morning on Shelton Avenue.

Neighbors told the station's reporters that they heard seven gunshots around midnight Saturday morning. 

One neighbor found her home had been struck by a bullet, according to the report.

One woman was reportedly shot and taken to the Hospital of St. Rapheals.

Shahid Abdul Karim July 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM
We will continue to ask for more police units in the hot spots in south Hamden.
Ron Gambardella July 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM
What plagues New Haven is rapidly spreading to Hamden. The headlines are a serious matter. Shahid Abdul Karim speaks for the people. Hamden cannot ignore pleas for help. This is our problem and we need to provide the resources necessary to curb the violence. Otherwise, the alternative is bleak. We either stand together or we fall apart.
Thomas Alegi July 15, 2012 at 04:31 PM
The Hamden Democratic and Republican Party Chairpersons should unite their efforts with Southern Hamden residents and MARCH down Dixwell Ave, to Hamden’s Town Hall, to bring the needed attention to the crime and unsafe living conditions in Southern Hamden. Or as Ron Gambardella wrote “We either stand together or we fall apart.”
Linda C July 15, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I am told by the Mayor there is SOOOOO MANY crime fighting efforts taking place that the Public isn't aware of, and a lot of crime is being stopped before it takes place. If that's truly the case, than we need to bring in the troops, because there's a lot we DO GET TO EXPERIENCE. We spend BILLIONS defending people in other countries from their sources of violence, but when it's in our own cities there's no sense of urgency. Do the gunmen have to be dressed in camo before it becomes a priority? Is it necessary for them to call the media taking credit for the violence before it becomes of any importance? Killing is killing, be it a road side bomb or 4 people in an Altima with tinted windows. Our children are being murdered! Our children are becoming civilian causalities! Our children are being barricaded in their homes and not aloud to roam free for fear of being gunned down! So where is that magic line? When does it become of National Importance? I'm not demeaning the Police in anyway, I wouldn't want their job even for Rubinowitz's two salaries! Obviously there isn't enough man power to handle a problem of this magnitude! The guard has spent the past 8 years walking the streets of Iraq and Iran keeping their civilians safe. On our dime, what about US? Some will say they don't want the troops taking away our rights, but aren't the criminals doing that anyway? What's the price for feeling safe? Time to take the blinders off!
Charles Baltayan July 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Sounds like a CItizen Block Watch that gets immediate Police response coupled with stronger Police patrol presence and community policing effort should be implemented immediately. Low cost, no extra cost and effective. Linda's point is well taken... There were more deaths of citizens in Chicago than our troops in Afganistan this year! The taxpayer is paying billions to protect business interests, especially oil, and we end up paying for it on all counts including high oil & gas prices!
Thomas Alegi July 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Linda you wrote this “I am told by the Mayor there is SOOOOO MANY crime fighting efforts taking place that the Public isn't aware of.” This maybe turn but the gangs with their Gang Graffiti on Stop Signs and buildings are sure showing the residents of Hamden who owns the streets of Hamden, it’s sure not the mayor and the Hamden police department with their crime fighting efforts. As I said before we need both Democratic and Republican Party Chairpersons working together showing support for the residents of Southern Hamden regarding the crime issue in Southern Hamden and in the town in general. We need action from our political party leaders now, so let’s keep this crime issue local and not turn it into a national political campaign issue.
Shahid Abdul Karim July 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM
South Hamden does have "citizens block watch" on each corner or hot spots in the area. The block watch have been very effective for us and has prevented additional crime. We have monthly block watch captains meetings. We just need more folk involved!
Shahid Abdul Karim July 15, 2012 at 11:28 PM
We don't blame the Mayor,HPD, or the Legislative Council- our objective is collective effort to rid the violence that is increasingly becoming worse for the Town and our seniors living in the area. A senior said,"I"m afraid to go out and walk my dog because I might get robbed, hit by a speeding car, or shot." Well, its more of a reality in some parts of Town than others.
Thomas Alegi July 16, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Crime in Southern Hamden has been a chronic issue for years. I lived in Southern Hamden from 1974 until 1997 and for those 23 years crime was an issue, as it is today. Shahid Abdul Karim, if you don't blame the Mayor the HPD, or the Legislative Council who do you hold responsible for your safety and the safety of seniors in Southern Hamden? Someone has to be held responsible for this chronic crime issue in Southern Hamden. The true safety of Hamden residents is not the responsibility of a “citizens block watch", but is the responsibility of our Mayor and Legislative Council members, under Hamden’s Town Charter, so our political leaders are the ones to blame for this chronic crime issue in Southern Hamden, which is now spreading into all parts of Hamden! I suggest people read about Southern Hamden in newspaper archives from the 1930’s up too today, people may be surprised in what they read.
Charles Baltayan July 16, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Mr. Alegi is correct that it is should not be the residents responsibility to control the crime but it is clearly in their best interest in this case, not only to become extra vigilent and report (and document the reports of) crime to ensure that those who should be responsible, do their jobs. The Police, Mayor and LC are not reponsible for commiting the crime (we hope), but if informed of it they are responsible for the safety of the residents and ridding the town of it. Mr. Karim needs to get EFFECTIVE Police response to the complaints. What good does a fancy, expensive new station do but protect those inside it and leave the residents on the outside to fend for themselves?
Betty Murray July 16, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Shahid, thank you for your comments. I support the work that you are doing and we, First Street Community group, have organized ourselves in a similar fashion to be proactive about crime, gang violence, litter etc. We are overdue for an organized community effort. As Shahid stated, it is not solely the responsibility of the Town of Hamden it has to be a collective effort. We have residents on our street that are passive and passive behavior means you are approving of the drug sales etc. Yes some people are afraid, but if we want to keep our homes, children and elderly safe we have to take courageous action. I am all for organizing the entire South Hamden area and ask others to join us as we move forward to take our neighborhood back!
Betty Murray July 16, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Thomas, I like your approach. Whatever we do in South Hamden needs to be 1)Coordinated 2)More than lip-service or a march that just stops there 3) builds the capacity of residents to advocate for themselves 4) has clear leadership and accountability 5) doesn't stop after we see some results, but becomes a permanent fixture in Southern Hamden culture and political life. I agree...Together We Can. We just need to build hope in many residents who feel hopeless and helpless and show them the power of solidarity.
Betty Murray July 17, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Ron, you couldn't have said it better. I just read the New Haven Register update on this shooting. She is living thank God... I am curious to why they shot at her in the first place. I was dropping my nieces home around the corner shortly after this occurred. It could have been me, my kids etc. This is just so scary. We have to be proactive or we are in grave danger.
Moe July 19, 2012 at 07:59 PM
For the entire 46 years of my life New Haven county has been terrorized by black males and a few black females. Time to put the pressure on the culture that allows the Black community to get away with murder, and execute the useful idiots that scream racial profiling!


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