Meriden police ask public for any security video in homicide probe

Meriden police ask public for any security video in homicide probe

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MERIDEN — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating outdoor surveillance video that may show a vehicle involved in a homicide Sunday morning. 

Detectives continued to investigate Monday after a man was gunned down outside an Allen Avenue home shortly before 11:45 a.m. Sunday.

Police are seeking surveillance video with coverage of the roadway along a path between the 115 Allen Ave. crime scene and the entrance to I-691 on West Main Street during the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Witnesses initially described the suspect vehicle as a small, four-door, late-model sedan, according to a dispatch report. Police did not release a vehicle decsription in the announcement seeking security footage, posted to the department’s Facebook page Monday.

A spokesman could not be reached for further information Monday.

Truck repairs 

The victim was found dead next door, in front of 107 Allen Ave., after being shot several times, police said. He had been working on his truck in the driveway of 115 Allen Ave. with a resident of that address, witnesses told the Record-Journal Monday.

Police have not released the man’s name or age.

Sherry Maloney, of 115 Allen Ave., said her daughter’s boyfriend was making repairs to the victim’s truck. Maloney said the boyfriend does some mechanic work on the side and a friend got him the job working on the man’s truck. Maloney said the victim and her daughter’s boyfriend were under a wheel well when the boyfriend heard someone say the man’s name followed by gunshots. 

“That’s when I heard pop, pop, pop,” Maloney said Monday afternoon. 

The boyfriend ran into the home, yelling for her to call police, Maloney said. She said no one in the home knew the victim previously.

Neighbor’s house

Mark Cirillo of 107 Allen Ave. was on his back deck when he heard gunshots. One bullet traveled through his kitchen wall and out the rear wall a short distance from where he was sitting. Cirillo estimated his house was struck by four or five bullets. His wife was in the living room and his brother was in the basement on the side of the house that was struck by the gunshots, Cirillo said.

“I just want to forget this ever happened,” Cirillo said. 

He said he ran inside and his wife was yelling to get down. He said she called police while Cirillo went outside and saw the man lying on his lawn.

Maloney has lived in the neighborhood for 11 years and Cirillo has lived at his home for about 20 years. Neither has experienced anything like Sunday’s incident before, they said.

“I just want the police to find out what happened,” Maloney said.

Police are asking for security video of the following roads: Johnson Avenue, Stoddard Drive, Coe Avenue, Centennial Avenue, Smithfield Avenue, Spruce Street, Eaton Avenue, Alanby Drive, Castle Drive, Gwen Road, and West Main Street from Centennial Avenue to the I-691 entrance ramp between the hours of 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m., Sunday. 

Residents with video or other information are asked to contact Det. Eric Simonson at 203-630-6318. 

Police said Sunday the homicide appears to be an isolated incident.

Friday shooting

Police are also investigating after a man was shot in the face outside a North Colony Road bar early Friday morning. The man was listed in stable condition at Hartford Hospital over the weekend. The man was apparently shot outside Show Luv Bar, 575 N. Colony Rd., around 12:40 a.m. and suffered wounds to his mouth and forehead, police spokesman Lt. John Mennone said. The man was initially in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable, Mennone added.

The injured man was uncooperative with police and unable to provide details. Police recovered eight shell casings outside the bar, Mennone said.

Anyone with information on the Friday incident is asked to contact Detective James Femia at 203-630-6219.
Twitter: @LaurenSellewRJ

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