Family Mourns Loss of Woman Killed in Nightclub Shooting - NBC Connecticut

Family Mourns Loss of Woman Killed in Nightclub Shooting



    Erica Robinson was killed early Saturday morning at Key Club in New Haven. (Published Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013)

    A family is still reeling from the news of the tragic loss of a young woman killed in a New Haven nightclub shooting.

    On Sunday, the family and friends of  Erica Robinson created a memorial in front of the 26-year-old's home in West Haven. Placed against a tree are lit candles, a teddy bear, and a picture of Robinson.

    According to police, several shots were fired inside the Key Cabaret Club on Saint John's Street at about 3:30 Saturday morning.  The club stops serving alcohol at 2:00 a.m., but tragedy struck inside a room where another party continued and where patrons were allowed to bring their own alchohol.

    Investigators said the club was littered with drug paraphernalia, drug packaging, and smelled of marijuana.

    At a press conference on Saturday, New Haven Police Chief, Dean Esserman, said Robinson was not the intended target and they made a promise to the victim's family.

    "I believe that New Haven police detectives will honor the promise we made to that father and mother- in the emergency room when he asked us to please bring justice to his family," said Esserman.

    In response to the this latest shooting, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano said he would like to implement several policies including proposed fees for nightclubs in districts, police department training for private security at nightclubs, and the review of different liquor licenses to determine if the state should simplify the permits.

    Police are still searching for the gunman.