The Elm City saw its 32nd homicide of the year Tuesday morning, bringing the murder count to an 17-year high.
At 1:19 a.m. the city’s Shotspotter system reported several gunshots at 52 Willis Street, according to a New Haven Police Department press release. NHPD officers responded and found a vehicle crashed into a street sign on Willis Street near Fournier Street. Inside, they found a gunshot victim, Dallas Boomer, 27. He was taken to St. Raphael’s Hospital and pronounced dead at 2:14 a.m.
NHPD spokesman David Hartman said police were treating the shooting as a homicide, and that the Major Crimes Unit has launched an investigation. As of early Tuesday morning, the NHPD had cordoned off a “several block long” crime scene on Willis Street, from Dixwell Avenue to Fournier Street, Hartman said.
The last time New Haven had a homicide count this high was in 1994, just three years after the number of murders peaked at 34 in 1991. Last year the city saw 24 homicides.