WALLINGFORD — A North Haven man charged in the December 2016 double homicide at the Oakdale Theatre told police he shot one of the victims because the man was approaching his car with a gun drawn, according to court documents.
Kyle Hampton, 23, of 20 Half Mile Road, North Haven, was taken into custody on July 13 and charged with two counts of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit. His arrest warrant was unsealed by the court on Friday.
Two New Haven men, Travis Ward, 31, and Jacquan Graves, 20, were killed in the shooting outside the South Turnpike Road concert venue on Dec. 30, 2016 following a performance by rap artist Meek Mill.
Ward was killed by a single gunshot wound to his upper chest, according to Hampton’s arrest warrant. Graves was shot at least six times, including three times in the neck. Two others suffered injuries, but survived.
The shooting stemmed from a dispute between two groups inside the concert, according to police spokeswoman Lt. Cheryl Bradley. Tivon Edwards, 33, and Hampton were in one group and Ward and Graves were in another group.
Edwards, of 154 Sheffield St., New Haven was charged on July 16 with two counts of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.
During an interview with police on Nov. 22, 2017, Hampton said when he saw Graves walking toward his car with a gun drawn, he got a gun out of his car and shot him. Hampton also told detectives he gave the gun to Edwards and doesn’t know what happened to it, the warrant said.
Authorities recovered 18 shell casings, six bullets, and a revolver while investigating at the scene in the Oakdale parking lot.
Police interviewed witnesses, including those who knew the accused and the victims, and obtained a partial license plate for a blue BMW involved in the incident. Police found eight BMWs registered in the state that matched the information provided, and checked the registered owners against a ticket sale list for the concert.
Police discovered Hampton purchased four tickets and was the only one listed as having a blue BMW with the partial plate match, the warrant said.
Police spoke with Hampton on four occasions, and said he provided a different story each time. Authorities say Edwards was with Hampton during the time of the shooting, but Hampton’s warrant does not elaborate on Edwards’ involvement. Edwards’ arrest warrant remains sealed.
Police seized the BMW after obtaining a search warrant and found a jacket matching a description from a witness inside the car, the warrant said. A Meek Mill concert ticket was in the jacket pocket. It also tested positive for gunshot residue.
Police learned Hampton replaced the front passenger seat of his vehicle after the shooting, and were unable to recover the original seat, the warrant said.
Officers also learned Hampton’s uncle is a state trooper. The warrant said Hampton asked his uncle about the investigation and if there were cameras in the parking lot. The uncle told Hampton to turn himself in to police if he was involved.
Edwards and Hampton were arraigned in Meriden Superior Court earlier this month. A judge set bond at $1 million for each man. Both cases were transferred to New Haven Superior Court. Edwards is due to appear in court again on Aug. 20 and Hampton is scheduled to appear on July 31.