Police nab suspect in pizza shooting

Police have charged two suspects with last December’s double shooting outside Alpha Delta Pizza on Elm Street.

Jhonate Beamon, 25, and Roger Barber Jr., 24, allegedly shot two local residents, 32-year-old Sherman Marks and 24-year-old Marquis Moore, after a dispute on the corner of Elm and Howe streets, New Haven Police Department spokesman Joseph Avery said in a press release Wednesday. Beamon and Barber have been charged with numerous gun violence and assault charges, including unlawful discharge of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Workers at two local businesses interviewed Thursday night said things have returned to normal since the shooting.

A police investigation by the NHPD Major Crime Unit the joint NHPD-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive Task Force revealed that on Dec. 26, Moore was in a verbal argument with Beamon, leading to a physical fight. During the altercation, Beamon and Barber drew handguns and began to shoot at Moore, who was ultimately shot in the leg. Marks, an “innocent bystander,” sustained a shot to the foot, Avery said.

Marks was found outside Alpha Delta Pizza at 2:34 a.m., and Moore walked into Yale-New Haven Hospital at 2:40 a.m. Their injuries were considered not life-threatening, and both were treated at the hospital.

Barber was arrested by police Wednesday morning at his West Haven residence, while Beamon was arrested March 20. Because Beamon has a criminal record, he also was charged with criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Although Alpha Delta Pizza owner Cengiz Kilic said the arrests were “good news” for his pizzeria and the surrounding streets, he said the shooting had a small impact on overall business because of the deliveries.

“If the people don’t come to us, we go to them,” Kilic said. “Overall, it has not affected us.”

Perry Chan, a cashier at Main Garden restaurant, right across from Alpha Delta Pizza, said the neighborhood saw increased police presence after the December shooting. Chan said police officials have recommended businesses around the area to close by 1 a.m., a schedule he said Main Garden has always followed. Although Alpha Delta closed at 1 a.m. during the month of January, it now closes at 3 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. on weekends.

Beamon, who also is charged with second-degree threatening and harassment for a separate crime, awaits a plea hearing at New Haven Superior Court on April 6. Barber has a separate hearing scheduled at Milford Superior Court on March 26.

Comments

  • Headline writer

    “Pizza shooting?” Seriously? Can you not see the ridiculousness of this headline? Are we now naming crimes after the foods sold at the restaurants they take place near? If this had taken place outside of Miya’s, would it have been a “California roll shooting”? Or a “Burrito shooting” outside of Bulldog? Who approved this headline?