A homicide, a non-fatal shooting and a stabbing occurred this weekend in the Elm City.
While Yale welcomed parents and family members over the weekend, one person was shot and killed four blocks from Pierson College, and three victims were taken to Yale-New Haven and St. Raphael’s hospitals from unrelated incidents near Fair Haven Heights and Fair Haven in the eastern parts of the city. City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said in an e-mail that 19-year-old New Haven resident Lisette Chiclana-Rodriguez was arrested on Monday and charged with manslaughter in the first degree with a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and carrying a pistol without a permit in connection with the death of 16-year-old Jamese Hudson. Mayorga said both Hudson and Chiclana-Rodriguez lived at 14 Garden Street where the shooting took place.
This address is no stranger to violence. A 25-year-old man was arrested last Thursday for fatally shooting Shawn Alexander on March 13 at about 3:30 a.m. in a running car outside of the same building.
Police responded to the location at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Mayorga said, where they found Hudson suffering from what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head. Despite emergency medical treatment, Hudson died soon after the New Haven Fire Department paramedics arrived.
Steven Duke LAW ’61, a professor at Yale Law School and an expert on criminal law, said in an e-mail to the News that even if the shooting was not intentional, the person responsible can still be convicted of manslaughter in the first degree if the state of mind is one of “gross recklessness regarding human life.”
If somone “played Russian Roulette with a six cylinder gun, putting one bullet in the cylinder, twirling and firing at another’s head at close range, that would be manslaughter. Any equivalent risk to human life ending in death would be manslaughter,” Duke said.
Mayorga said that after the shooting, Chiclana-Rodriguez fled to an acquaintance’s residence and attempted to hide the gun. Police later discovered a .380 caliber handgun that they believe to have been used in the shooting. The location of the handgun recovery is being withheld pending further investigation. Chiclana-Rodriguez was found in Newhallville and is currently held on $1 million bail. Additional persons may be arrested in connection with the incident, Mayorga added.
Elsewhere in the city, two other violent crimes occurred over the weekend.
Police spokesman Joe Avery said in an e-mail that 15 year-old Justin McClendon was shot on Saturday. He added that McClendon overheard five shots while walking with a friend on Chambers Street in Fair Haven, and then realized that he had been shot. McClendon was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for his injury.
Avery also reported that Frank Santiago and Jose Nieves were both treated for injuries following an argument in front of 140 Fairmont St., in which Nieves stabbed Santiago in the abdomen and the chest. Nieves was charged with 2nd degree Assault.