MERIDEN — Police investigated two incidents of gunfire within an hour and a half of each other early Sunday.
Police responded to the area of Scotty O’Boyle’s Cafe, 523 N. Colony St., around 1:35 a.m. Officers found about a dozen people outside with several people looking at cars parked on the street, according to a police report. Police were told a suspect vehicle fled before they arrived. Officers noticed four cars were damaged by gunfire.
One car had both rear windows shattered, a second vehicle had a bullet hole in the driver’s side door and a second bullet hole by the driver’s side wheel well. A third vehicle was struck in the rear fender on the driver’s side, and a fourth vehicle was struck once above the driver’s side door, causing the windshield to crack, the report said. Police found a total of 13 shell casings in the road over a distance of about 30 yards.
In a second incident, police were at the scene of a motor vehicle crash on North Street around 3 a.m. and saw two vehicles drive past at high speed in “some form of pursuit,” the report said. Officers heard four or five loud “pops” a few seconds later and found a shell casing at the intersection of Bradley Avenue and Winthrop Terrace, the report said.
A resident reported hearing multiple gunshots and then seeing a small sedan speeding past and turning onto Prospect Street, the report said.