MERIDEN — Two men were shot on Grove Street Monday afternoon, with one suffering life-threatening injuries.
A third man, who was not shot, tried to drive the injured men to MidState Medical Center, but apparently got lost and ended up on Kensington Avenue. Officers provided initial medical treatment on Kensington Avenue, including a tourniquet, and took the victims to MidState, police spokesman Lt. John Mennone said.
“Our officers did an excellent job” providing medical assistance, he said.
Both victims were triaged at MidState and transported to Hartford Hospital.
The victim who sustained life-threatening injuries underwent surgery, and the second victim was treated and released, according to Mennone. Police did not provide names of the victims.
The two victims and the driver were in their late teens or early 20s, according to Mennone. Police do not believe the three men are from the area, he said.
No arrests have been made in the shooting and police were unable to confirm how many suspects were involved.
Based on information provided by a witness, police believe the suspects retreated to a residence at 61 Washington St., Mennone said. Officers secured the residence and questioned individuals inside.
“At this time we have determined that this was not a random act of violence and that the parties were known to each other,” Mennone said.
Police are considering the shooting an isolated incident, he said. The area around 61 Washington St. is considered safe, he added.
Police received the report of gunshots in the area of 190 Grove St at around 4:45 p.m. Monday. A portion of Grove Street was closed off to traffic. As of 8:30 p.m. Monday, police said the scene on Grove Street was still active.
A portion of Kensington Avenue near Lewis Avenue was also closed Monday as police searched the vehicle the men were in, which was parked near the intersection of Kensington Avenue and Fair Street.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Eric Simonson at 203-630-6296.