Police have arrested a New Haven teen suspected of conspiring in a car shooting and possible attempted robbery on Thursday that sent a 49-year-old man to the hospital with gunshot wounds to the head. They are still searching for two other suspects.
Nicholas Davis, 18, of New Haven, is believed to be one of three people George Ayala, 49, picked up who told him to drive to the Yale Bowl area, police said. Ayala sensed something was wrong and suddenly two of the passengers pulled handguns on him and fired shots into his head simultaneously from inside the car, police said.
The incident happened near the intersection of Chapel Street and Yale Avenue at about 4:13 p.m.
Police found out about the shooting after responding to a crash near Chapel and Norton streets and discovered the driver, Ayala, with two gunshot wounds in the head. He had been trying to drive himself to the hospital, when he crashed.
Ayala was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The bullets didn't penetrate his skull, police said.
Police took Davis into custody as one of the suspected conspirators in the shooting, charging him with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.
While police are still searching for the two other people involved, they said they have identified two suspects.
It's unclear which passengers fired the guns and the weapons have not been recovered at this time.
The case remains under investigation.