December 25th, 2011 | City

Christmas Eve shooting becomes 34th homicide

Dean Esserman is New Haven's top cop.
Dean Esserman is New Haven's top cop. Photo by James Lu.

A man shot late Saturday night died in the hospital this morning, bringing New Haven’s 2011 homicide count to 34.

Around 8:45 p.m. Saturday, the New Haven Police Department’s Shotspotter system reported several gunshots at 332 Norton St. Officers responded and found Antonio Holloway, 19, with a gunshot wound to the chest outside 335 Norton St, NHPD spokesman David Hartman said. Holloway was taken to St. Raphael’s Hospital and pronounced dead at 3:51 a.m. The NHPD has launched an investigation into Holloway’s death.

Holloway graduated from Hillhouse High School earlier this year, and had received a suit and letter of recommendation from the school’s principal, Kermit Carolina, on Thursday, the New Haven Independent reported. Holloway was awaiting disposition on Jan. 24, 2012 for a sealed criminal case.

Christmas Eve also saw another shooting: 51-year-old Darrel Johnson initially told officers he had been shot in a robbery attempt at 166 Thompson St. He later admitted he shot himself in the leg while in the bathroom.