New Haven Police arrested a 17-year-old boy early Thursday morning and charged him with the murder of a 29-year-old man on Wednesday, as well as possession of multiple weapons.
Investigators said Lonni Star, 29, of New Haven, was shot once inside his car at the intersection of Level and Lodge streets.
His friend was in the passenger seat, got behind the wheel, drove to get help and ended up at the Dunkin Donuts at 295 Blake St., where she called 911, according to police.
Star was being taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital and died of the way to the hospital.
“I was like geez, I just saw him this morning entering his house,” said his neighbor Janet Boyd.
She and the other neighbors said they never saw anything suspicious at his place.
“He was nice, a real outgoing guy. I’ve never seen him in a bad mood,” said Ivan Cortez.
New Haven Police said they brought in 50 to 60 extra local and state police, as well as federal task force officers to work on the case through the night. Several tips led police to the teen's home, where detectives found a handgun believed to have been used in the crime.
Around 5 a.m., detectives arrested the teen at his home near the crime scene, police said.
The teen's name is not being released because he is a juvenile. Police have not released any information about a possible motive.
Star's family chose not to speak during the news conference, but Police Chief Dean Esserman expressed the family's grief and relief that a suspect is in custody.
“A loss for any family is a loss for all of us in this family and the New Haven Police Department feels that loss,” Esserman said.
Star is the second homicide victim of the year in New Haven.
Abdul Rawas, 55, was killed during a robbery at Orchard Market on Orchard Street in New Haven the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 22. Police do not have any suspects.