MERIDEN — Three people were hospitalized after a shooting in the area of Park and Center streets Sunday night.
According to Sgt. Darrin McKay, the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The suspects were known to at least some of the victims, McKay said in a statement. The shooting occurred around 8:30 p.m.
Police responded to other reports of gunshots over the weekend, including incidents around Colony Street, Crown Street and Platt Avenue, according to emergency dispatch records.
Police released a second statement on Tuesday saying the city has been experiencing an uptick in violence over the past several weeks, which the department largely attributes to rival gang members living in and around the city.
“At this time the Meriden Police Department’s primary focus is centered on identifying and arresting any and all suspects who are responsible for this uptick in violence,” McKay said in the statement. “To date, numerous gang members have already been identified and we have already made a concerted effort to step up enforcement by rearranging and reassigning our agency’s personnel as well as by adding additional personnel to specialized units.”
City police are working with other municipal law enforcement departments, as well as state and federal agencies, the statement said.
“The Meriden Police Department would also like to remind everyone that we do have an anonymous Drug/Crime Tip line which can be reached at (203) 630-6273,” the statement said. “If anyone has any information pertaining to past incidents or any information that could assist us in preventing future violence, they are asked to contact us at this number. All calls will be kept confidential.”
Those with information on Sunday’s shooting are asked to contact Detective Erik Simonson at 203-630-6318.