New London

2 Dead After Fire, Reported Shooting in New London

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Two people are dead after a fire and a shooting in New London Wednesday night.

Police responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Granite Street and Williams Street around 7:30 p.m.

Before arriving at the scene, officers were told there was also a fire at 48 Granite St.

Once at the scene, police began evacuating the apartment building with the help of firefighters.

Two people were found in the burning building. One died at the scene, according to police. The second was taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital where that person was later pronounced dead.

It is not clear how the two people died or if the shooting and fire are related.

Investigators are working to identify the two victims and notify their families.

"We are a small city with close relationships and extended families. We will rally together to comfort the brokenhearted. We will also redouble our efforts to try and prevent this type of violence in the future," Mayor Michael Passero said in a statement.

A New London police officer was also taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. The officer was later released.

New London police are being assisted in the investigation by the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit, Connecticut State Police Fire Marshal Unit, New London fire marshal, and the New London State's Attorney's Office.

Police say Granite Street between Williams and Brainard streets is closed to through traffic at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 860-447-1481. You can also leave an anonymous tip by texting NLPD plus the information to 847411.

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