MANCHESTER — A person has died after being shot overnight Thursday in the alley of a North End neighborhood.
Police taped off a house at 874 Union St., its front door still open Friday. Access also was barred to the north-south alley that runs between Union and Liberty streets.
The person was shot in the alley, according to a source, and gauze lay in front of the house’s alley-facing garage. It’s unclear where the victim died, but a neighborhood resident said that at one point crime scene tape encompassed an ambulance parked on Union Street.
In a press release, authorities said they first received reports of the shooting just after midnight. Based on the investigation thus far, officials said the incident does not appear to be random and there is no threat to the general public.
Manchester Police Chief Carlo Capano said in a statement, “Last night’s shooting in the city is an active and ongoing investigation and the Manchester Police Department is working collaboratively with the Attorney General’s Office on the case.’’
As investigators continue to work, Capano stated he wants to assure the public that the “Police Department is working diligently on not only this case, but other violent crimes that have recently occurred in the city.’’
• Brian “Boogie’’ Clark, 19, of Manchester, who died of a gunshot wound to the chest on July 3 after being shot and dropped off outside Elliot at River’s Edge Urgent Care.
• Mariela Maria, 42, who was shot on July 10 by an unknown assailant as she stepped outside her Ahern Street home. The shooter was targeting a teen who was running past Maria. Police later discovered the teen had been shot in the face.
Capano said he recognizes the concerns of the community and wants everyone to know that members of the Manchester Police Department are working around the clock to solve the recent rash of violent crimes.
“As I stated last week, we are making adjustments to address the issues that we are dealing with. We continue to ask the public to share any information they may have about any of these recent incidents. I can’t stress enough the need for cooperation from anyone who may have information about these recent incidents,’’ Capano said in the release.
Reacting to this latest shooting, Mayor Joyce Craig said in a statement she and the Manchester Police Department are in “constant communication, and are continuing to work to ensure the safety of people in Manchester.’’
The Attorney General’s Office said this incident does not appear to be random, and there is no evidence to suggest there is any threat to the general public.
As part of ongoing measures, Manchester police announced last week that the department was increasing patrols throughout the city, and continues to use “predictive and hot spot patrol tactics,’’ Craig said in her release.
The most recent shooting has riled a neighborhood of well-kept, mostly two-family Victorian homes.
The house at 874 Union St. is 2½ stories. A neighbor said it changed hands earlier this year but she was unsure if the owner moved in or rents it out. She said the residents in the house are quiet and friendly. The only noise they generate stems from a couple of dirt bikes they will start and then ride off on, she said.
The alleys draw petty thieves who will steal from unlocked cars, she said.
“We’re close enough to downtown that people with substance disorders will walk up and down the alleys. They’ll look for something to grab so they can sell it,” said the neighbor, who feared for her safety because no one has been apprehended and police have given no explanation for the shooting. People also will go through trash, she said.
Everyone has had their car rifled through, she said, adding that she’s also had to tell people to get off her porch.
A portion of the garage door for the home at 874 Union St. was bent, as if it had been pried. The side door to the garage was also open.
The neighbor said a mix of retirees, professionals and young couples live in the neighborhood. “It’s very quiet around here,” she said.
Officials said that anyone with information should call the city police detective unit at 668-8711.