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Gun violence in Meriden on Public Safety Committee agenda today

Gun violence in Meriden on Public Safety Committee agenda today

Record-Journal staff

MERIDEN — Recent gun violence will be addressed at today’s City Council Public Safety Committee, according to Mayor Kevin Scarpati.

Police will present crime data and discuss the department’s response to several recent incidents, including a double shooting two weeks ago and a fatal shooting in August.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in council chambers of City Hall, 142 E. Main St.

The most recent incident occurred Sunday when an East Haven man fired two shots from a handgun into a home on Johnson Avenue during a dispute.

Derrick Way, 33, of 24 Colonial Heights Road, East Haven, was charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, breach of peace, third-degree criminal mischief and risk of injury to a minor. 

One person was shot in the chest and a second was shot in the arm during a double shooting two weeks ago in the area of Lewis and Springdale avenues.

A few days later, police recovered shell casings in the area of Grove and Foster streets after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting gunshots.

On Sept. 22, police found shell casings near Spring Street after a caller reported hearing about five gunshots.

On the same day, a caller also reported hearing gunshots on James Street.

Fatal shooting

In August,  Francisco Huerta, 32, was gunned down in the driveway of a home at 115 Allen Ave. Witnesses said he was having his truck repaired by a resident of the home when he was fatally shot shortly before 11:45 a.m. Aug. 11. His body was found in the front yard of 107 Allen Ave. next door.

A prosecutor identified a city man, Trayquan Ford, 23, of 281 Grove St., as the main suspect in the homicide and another August shooting during his arraignment on unrelated charges.

Ford is due in New Haven Superior Court today on weapons charges but has not been charged in the homicide or shooting.


Ramzi Abouchacra, owner of Sam's Market, talks about a shooting victim that collapsed in front of his store on Lewis Avenue in Meriden, Thurs., Sept. 26, 2019. Dave Zajac, Record-Journal