Triple Shooting That Killed 15-Year-Old and Injured 2 Likely Wasn't Random: Police

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    A 15-year-old boy is dead and two others have been injured after a triple shooting Friday night in New Haven on Vernon Street between Davenport and Congress Avenues, according to police.

    Police identified the 15-year-old killed as Jacob Craggett. His brother, Joshua Craggett, 23 and the driver,Timothy Jones, 22, were injured in the shooting and are in critical but stable condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, according to police. A fourth person in the car during the shooting, Jerray Jackson, 17, was not injured. All of the men are from New Haven, police said.

    Police responded to the scene of the shooting at about 9 p.m. on Friday, finding two victims with gunshot wounds, also receiving a 911 call about a man shot in a vehicle parked on Park Street near Howard Avenue.

    While police said that it's early in the investigation, preliminary information indicates that two or more people approached the car carrying the four individuals while it was stopped near the Davenport Avenue and Vernon Street intersection and fired several rounds into the vehicle, according to police. Police said that the attack does not appear random and that it's likely that the victims' car, identified by sources as a Volkswagen Jetta, was "specifically targeted."

    Police Chief Dean Esserman and Assistant Police Chief Archie Generoso met with family members of the victims on Friday night and New Haven Family Alliance outreach employees were there as a resource to counsel and reassure neighbors, police said. New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, Esserman and Generoso also met with the families on Saturday morning.

    "While we await additional information from the police investigation we join all city residents mourning the violent death of this 15-year-old child," Harp said in a statement on Saturday. "This heartbreaking incident underscores one more time the tragic potential of all-too-easy access to guns that have no useful purpose on city streets."

    Vernon Street closed for several hours-between Congress Avenue and Davenport Avenue while authorities investigate the shooting, but the scene was being cleared just before 7 a.m.

    Police have not released information on whether any arrests have been made or whether the department has identified any suspects in the case.

    New Haven police ask anyone with information on the shooting to call the detectives overseeing the investigation at 203-946-6315.

    Check back for updates.

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