Meriden police investigate shooting

MERIDEN ­— A 29-year old man was shot on Springdale Avenue early Monday afternoon in the city’s first shooting of the summer. Police were still investigating and had yet to make any arrests Monday evening.

Police Capt. Patrick Gaynor said the department received a call about an argument and man waving a gun near the corner of Springdale Avenue and Botsford Street. That’s where police believe the shooting occurred.

“A minute later when units were going to that call, they get the call of a shooting,” Gaynor said. The shooting was reported shortly before 1:15 p.m.

A man was found shot in the groin, according to Gaynor. The injury is not considered life threatening. Police searched the area for evidence and witnesses but found none, although area residents said they heard a gunshot.

The man’s name was not released by police.

The shooting victim was uncooperative, Gaynor said, which may have been because of his injuries. He was taken to Hartford Hospital.

One of the people involved in the argument matched the description of the man who was shot, Gaynor said.

Police blocked off a portion of Springdale Avenue as ambulances arrived Monday afternoon. The road reopened after an ambulance carrying the man left for the hospital.

Detectives clustered around the man’s shoes and pants on the sidewalk on Botsford Street comparing notes as children rode their bikes in the residential neighborhood.

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