NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Three shootings in New Haven that left two men dead and another man injured are connected, police said on Thursday.
Police say 23-year-old Brian Gibson of New Haven was fatally shot at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday outside a public housing complex.
At about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, detectives were dispatched to a neighborhood where two people were shot about a block apart.
Nineteen-year-old Errol Marshal of New Haven was declared dead at the scene.
Courtney Jackson, also of New Haven, was shot in the abdomen. Police say the 25-year-old man is hospitalized with a non-life threatening wound.
Police Chief Dean M. Esserman said Thursday that the shootings are not random and the three men are linked. He did not elaborate.
‘‘These shootings are not random. They are not about the neighborhoods or the good people who live and work in them, he said. ‘‘The three victims are connected.’’
Esserman said police patrols will be beefed up.
‘‘A very large number of officers are working around the clock to assure our residents and visitors have a safe holiday weekend,’’ he said.
Teams of detectives are developing leads and the investigations ‘‘have progressed well, thanks in part to a great deal of help from the public,’’ police said.