City | 5:32 pm | December 23, 2011 | By James Lu

Murder on Houston Street marks 33rd homicide

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Photo by Max Budovitch.

The Elm City saw its 33rd homicide Friday morning.

New Haven Police Department officers responded to a report of a shooting at 50 Houston St. around 12:50 a.m. There they found 27-year-old Joseph Zargo of West Haven with a gunshot wound to the chest. Zargo was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead shortly afterward, NHPD spokesman David Hartman said.

Zargo was not the only shooting victim that evening. Hamden resident Christopher Duncan, 26, was shot around Wilson and Rosette Streets and walked into Yale-New Haven Hospital at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. Duncan was taken to the operating room with several wounds to the torso and remains at the hospital in a critical condition, Hartman said.

Friday morning’s homicide brings the Elm City’s yearly count to 33 — nine more than last year and the highest figure recorded since 1991, when 34 people were murdered.

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