A security guard at the new Stop & Shop on Whalley Avenue called the New Haven Police Department around 8:35 p.m. reporting that he heard gunfire nearby. According to NHPD spokesman Joseph Avery, responding officers found shell casings one block away, but no victims or witnesses could be located. A spokesman for Stop & Shop told the News that she was not aware of the shooting, but a security guard said he knew about the incident. Although the guard declined to give his name because he said he did not want to risk his position at work, he added that the store is always fully staffed and has security.
“It’s a neighborhood. It’s life,” the security guard said. “What can I do about it? I can’t do anything about it.”
Stop & Shop opened April 15 and replaced the grocery store Shaw’s.