Hamden man killed in New Haven’s 15th homicide

New Haven’s homicide victims increased by one on Monday night when a man was shot and killed in the Beaver Hills area.

The victim, Nathaniel Bradley of Hamden, was lying in the road near the corner of Ella T. Grasso Blvd. and Goffe Terrace — less than two miles from Yale’s campus — when emergency services arrived at the scene. Bradley was 36 years old at the time of his death.

“The victim in question had been shot in the roadway and was transported by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead,” department spokesman David Hartman said in a press release.

At 9:23 p.m., New Haven officer Michael Styles was on the way to another, unrelated scene when he was alerted by a bystander to investigate the body. The NHPD had not received any reports of gunfire by the time Styles arrived at the scene. The firefighters and emergency medical technicians that were tending to the victim upon Styles’ arrival were summoned by a medical distress call.

Little progress in the ensuing investigation was made Tuesday, as officials have yet to name a suspect in the shooting, nor have any witnesses come forward.

Police are currently investigating a white Chrysler that was left near the scene, according to an article published in the New Haven Register on Monday night. The Register also noted that a vehicle of a similar description was linked to the Oct. 4 Deevante Jackson homicide, but, at present time, authorities have not confirmed that the car was involved in either homicide.

“There is no detailed information as to any possible suspect or involved vehicle. Police are asking anyone with information regarding this crime to phone Detectives,” Hartman said in the press release.

Mark Abraham, the executive director of DataHaven, said that over the last five years, homicides have been relatively stable at 18 to 20 per year. This homicide is the 15th incident of the year in New Haven, which is consistent with recent trends, Abraham added.

Abraham also said that it is a “community concern” that the number of homicides has not dropped in five years.

City residents interviewed said that, while they were saddened by the news of the killing, they were not surprised because of the regularity of such occurrences.

“I couldn’t call it a shock. I’ve lived here many years and there have been murders every year,” Michael Nelken, an elderly New Haven resident who had not yet heard about the homicide, said. “That’s unfortunate, but I don’t know any way to stop it.”

Nelken also said that he avoids certain parts of town and does not go out at night unnecessarily due to prevalence of homicides in the New Haven area, however he has never considered leaving the Elm City.

When asked about the intersection of the Ella T. Grasso Blvd. and Goffe Terrace, the intersection at which the homicide occurred, Nelken called the spot a “troubled area,” and said that he would not walk by this intersection at night.

The intersection is in an area of Beaver Hills that is mainly residential. Abraham said homicides tend to recur in the same locations, but can sometimes be random. He did not comment on whether this area is particularly dangerous.

Jamie King, a young New Haven resident, said violent crime bothers some people he knows, but that it has become a regular aspect of life in the Elm City.

None of the three New Haven residents interviewed near the scene of the crime for the article were aware that the homicide had occurred.

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