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New Haven woman who was shot Thursday morning was not intended target

July 22, 2016

Michael Agogliati, Julien Novog-Desrayaud, Evan White, Rob Polansky, Matt Campbell

New Haven, CT -- A woman was hit by stray gunfire in New Haven, just as she was simply looking out her window early Thursday morning.

According to police, officers responded to the reported of shots fired on Shelton Avenue around 1:15 a.m. They said their "Shotspotter" system detected them.

When police arrived, they found a 59-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

She told police that she heard three men arguing outside, which was followed by gunfire.

Several bullets had been fired through her window. She then realized that she'd been hit.

Police believe the woman, who was on the second floor of a home on Shelton Avenue, was not the intended target.

"We absolutely believe she was an innocent person, wrong place, wrong time, but shouldn't be a wrong place. It was her home," said New Haven Police Officer David Hartman.

The woman was transported to Yale-New Haven hospital and is expected to survive.

Her identity has not been released.

This is the kind of random violence that makes communities feel uneasy.

"I lost my father to violence, he was walking down and he got crossed in between something, so it really hits home how people suffer because of this," said Nashira Barnaby of New Haven.

"That's crazy," said Clara Nixon, who lives nearby. "You're not even safe in your own home."

Police are investigating the incident and believe there may have been multiple shooters, who then fled on foot. They said there may be as many as three suspects.

Evidence was found over an entire block on Read Street from Shelton Avenue to Goodyear Street. A different vehicle in a driveway was hit by bullets.

Police said the shots were fired from more than one gun.

An eyewitness told police that three men were seen near a backyard on Read Street. One of the suspects appeared to have been hiding beneath a Honda as officers searched.

A K9 unit was brought in to help track the suspects but was unsuccessful.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304. Calls can be made anonymously.

Even though this shooting sends chills down the spines of residents, police say it comes at a time, when overall gun violence is down 30 percent from last year.

CBS 5 - New Haven