August 1st, 2012 | City

Fair Haven man shot to death

A Fair Haven man was shot dead at 47 Atwater St. early Tuesday morning.
A Fair Haven man was shot dead at 47 Atwater St. early Tuesday morning. Photo by Google Maps.

Police are searching Fair Haven for an assailant who shot and killed a 27-year-old man in the neighborhood early Tuesday morning.

New Haven Police Department officers responded at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday to reports of a gunshot victim on Atwater Street, according to department spokesman David Hartman. Police found Reuben Gonzales with a gunshot wound at the scene. He was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

Gonzales had just returned to New Haven after finishing work in Newington, Conn. and was dropping off his cousin at his Atwater Street house shortly when he was shot, Hartman said. Three men approached Gonzales’ vehicle and ordered Gonzalez and a passenger to the ground and stole money and a cell phone from the car before one of the assailants shot Gonzalez as the three men started to flee.

The murder brings New Haven’s 2012 homicide tally to 11.

The NHPD has launched an investigation, though no suspects have been apprehended so far.