CONTACT: Det. Sean J. Dolan
On May 13, 2021, at approximately 12:15 AM, Hamden Police responded to the 1500 block of Dixwell Avenue on the report of shots fired. Officers located a 20-year-old New Haven resident, in the vicinity of Dixwell Avenue and Pershing Street. She was suffering from a gunshot wound to her chest and was transported to Yale New Haven Hospital. A second victim, a 22-year-old Hamden resident, was shot multiple times and suffered injuries to his buttocks, hand and pelvis. A Good Samaritan drove him to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Both gunshot victims were treated for serious physical injuries.
Detective Jomo Crawford of the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Unit conducted an extensive investigation which identified James Harris as the shooter. An arrest warrant was secured for Harris.
On July 29, 2021, Hamden Police arrested James Harris, 23, of New Haven. He was charged with Assault 1st Degree, Carrying a Pistol without a Permit, and Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree. Harris was held on a $500,000.00 court set bond and scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on July 29, 2021.
The shooting remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jomo Crawford of the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Unit at (203) 230-4048.