NEW HAVEN — A 24-year-old city man was shot early Sunday as clubs were closing in the city’s entertainment district, police said.
Officers were dispatched to the area in front of Exhibit X, 29 Center St., around 1:30 a.m. after gunfire was reported. Upon arrival, police found Mandella Davis suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his lower left leg.
Nearby, at the intersection of Center and Church streets, a woman collapsed in front of officers. Police said the woman was treated for a panic attack. Both she and Davis were taken by ambulance to local hospitals. Davis told police he had been shot while standing in a crowd after leaving Exhibit X.
Also early Sunday, police responded to the Lazy Lizard nightclub, 201 Crown St., for reported gunfire but could not verify the report and said breaking glass from a dropped bottle may have been misidentified as gunshots. As patrons fled the club and poured out into the streets, police had to break up several fights and arrested one man who was carrying a .45-caliber pistol. The man’s name and the charges against him were not immediately available.
Police said both nightclubs have a history of violence following hip hop promotions. No arrests have been made in either incident.