Woman shot by stray bullet in New Haven, police investigating

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NEW HAVEN -- Police are investigating a shooting early Thursday morning that injured a woman who was inside her home next door.

The incident happened shortly after 1 a.m. in the area of Shelton Avenue and Read Street.

A 59-year-old woman told police she heard men arguing outside her home and went to the window to take a look. She saw three men and then heard gunfire. Next thing she knew, she realized she had been shot in the chest.

Police believe the woman was not the intended target.


“She just went to the window, and the bullets were flying and she got hit. I was here. I actually held the cloth on my mother and applied pressure and talked to her the whole time, because I don’t, I can’t lose my mother.  Not like this, not right now, I need her,” said victim's daughter.

Police responded and found 12 cartridge casings along a full block on Read Street, from Shelton Avenue to Goodyear Street. The bullets came from more than one gun, and police are now searching for the three men, who a witness also saw. The witness said he saw the men in a backyard on Read Street, and one of them appeared to hide behind a Honda as officers were searching for the suspects.

A car in a Shelton Avenue driveway was also hit by bullets.

The victim had a surface wound to her chest and is expected to recover.

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