New Haven Leaders Hold Town Meeting After Recent Shooting - NBC Connecticut

New Haven Leaders Hold Town Meeting After Recent Shooting



    On Thursday night people gathered to talk about their concerns in the West Hills and Westville neighborhoods. (Published Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013)

    After a teenage mother of two was shot in a Burger King restaurant in New Haven, city leaders gathered in a town hall meeting on Thursday evening to find solutions for addressing the violence.

    Alderwoman Angela Russell organized the meeting because she was touched by the story of the young mother who was shot.

    The victim is now home, but is in a lot of pain.

    "We have definitely raised the awareness of public safety issues. It's no longer sitting behind closed doors being able to talk about it with friends and family members," said Russell who represents Ward 27.

    Residents in the West Hills and Westville neighborhoods said they want to know  what police are doing to keep them safe.

    "People are a little up in arms about what's going on and how to handle it and they want immediate answers," Anthony Charles said.

    Police who attended the meeting said they will be following up with residents and try to communicate with them better on what's happening in their community.

    "If we can do that more in this community they'll feel more like their voices are heard and something is happening," said Sergeant Renee Forte, district manager for the area.

    As for the  Burger King Restaurant, police say they have a good feeling there will be an arrest soon