MERIDEN — Police are investigating after two people were shot Wednesday night in related incidents.
Police received two separate reports of gunshot victims minutes apart around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay said in a statement Thursday. One of the calls came from 167 Lewis Ave. and the other call came from MidState Medical Center, 435 Lewis Ave.
One victim had already been taken to MidState and the second victim was transported from 167 Lewis Ave. to Hartford Hospital, McKay said.
Police investigating determined the two incidents are related, McKay said. Ramzi Abouchacra, owner of Sam’s Market at 167 Lewis Ave., said the business closed at 8 p.m. and he was called by police around 10 p.m. to come to the store. Abouchacra said the officers asked to view security footage. The footage showed a person walking past the store, then a man walking and collapsing near the front of the store. A group of people could then be seen coming from behind the man who collapsed, Abouchacra said.
Abouchacra said he talked with neighbors and no one heard gunshots, leading him to believe the shooting took place somwhere else. What appeared to be blood splatters were visible on the sidewalk on Lewis Avenue outside Sam’s Market and leading up Foster Street.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Michael Fonda at 203-630-4178.