MERIDEN — After a bullet went through a bedroom wall in Eugene Caron’s home early Tuesday, he is hoping for increased police presence on his street.
Caron’s home was one of seven struck by gunfire between Monday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 10 p.m. No injuries were reported, according to police. All of the incidents are being investigated.
“The Meriden Police Department encourages (residents) to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity,” Police Chief Roberto Rosado said in an email Wednesday. “Suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the 911 Emergency Dispatch Center. We also encourage the public to report information to our Tip Line. Reporting suspicious activity and pertinent information can help the Meriden Police Department in reducing violence and apprehending those involved in criminal activity.”
Rosado said police believe the incidents involve “ongoing conflicts between groups of individuals who are known to each other.”
Mayor Kevin Scarpatti also asked for the public’s help.
“We need cooperation from witnesses and anyone who may have information related to these incidents,” Scarpati said in an email Wednesday. “Our officers are working to collect as much information as possible and we have reason to believe these locations were targeted. However, we need help.”
Homes at 19 ½ Hinman St., 45 Andrews St., 258 Spring St., 17 Sherman Ave., 19 Sherman Ave., 281 Grove St. and 63 Cherry St. were struck by gunfire, police said.
Caron, who lives at 63 Cherry St., said he was sleeping around 1:15 a.m. when a bullet went through an exterior wall and into a bedroom where his 4-year-old son was sleeping. He estimates it missed his son by about 18 inches.
“I think now that it happened, there should be increased patrols on the street,” Caron said outside his home on Wednesday.
A woman that lives nearby 63 Cherry St. said she heard the gunshots and saw a car driving away. She couldn’t sleep following the incident.
“The violence has got to stop,” she said Wednesday.
Caron said he viewed home security video of the incident and did not recognize the people involved.
Holly Wills, president of the Meriden Council of Neighborhoods, said everyone involved with the neighborhood associations is concerned.
“Our concern is that (the shooting incidents) continue to happen,” Wills said. “Police are doing everything they can do and have made a few good arrests. I hope more are coming.”
There was a meeting about a month ago that included the leaders of the neighborhood associations, Rosado and city officials. Willis said they talked about incidents of gun violence, adding police seemed to have a “good handle” on the situation. She also asked anyone with information to share it with the police department.
City Manager Timothy Coon said he has been in meetings with the police department and neighborhood associations. He also encouraged anyone with information to contact police.
Coon also noted Rosado has open office hours on Thursday’s, along with public talks on the Meriden Green once a month. Coon said police put out information when the incidents occurred but cannot release certain details because the investigations are active.