Sen. Kelly Response to Sen. Looney’s Out of Touch Attack on Efforts to Stop Violent Crime in CT

July 7, 2021

Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly (R-Stratford) released the following statement in response to a statement issued by Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) today criticizing Republican calls for action to address increasing violent crime in Connecticut:

“Senator Looney’s statement shows that he is completely out of touch with the need for safety for people in his own city and across the state. He is more focused on Washington politics than on the violence right here in Connecticut, a place where he can actually effect change. People are dying in our state because of the laws developed by Democrats and adopted in Hartford. Instead of participating in bipartisan conversations to address the issues, Sen. Looney launched a partisan attack via press release today. He is not paying attention to what is happening in his own city, in his own state, if he thinks we don’t have a serious issue here. The people of Connecticut deserve better, safer policies, not only when it comes to juvenile crime and car thefts, but in all areas of public safety and policing.”

Examples of recent crime in New Haven:

  • A 22-year-old New Haven woman was shot in the head Monday afternoon on Truman Street in the Hill neighborhood and is in critical condition at Yale NH Hospital.
  • On June 19 a 14-year-old was injured in a shooting in New Haven on Saturday morning. Police received a ShotSpotter alert and 911 call about gunshots on Orchard Street around 3:40 a.m. When officers arrived, they said they found a 14-year-old boy from New Haven suffering from a gunshot wound.
  • On June 16 at 8:24 PM police received a Shotspotter alert and multiple 911 calls reporting gunfire and a person who was shot, in the area of Columbus Avenue between West Street and Eddy Street. Police found a 21-year-old New Haven man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
  • Two weeks ago, New Haven police investigated a shooting that happened on Morris Street. Police said it happened around 10:45 p.m. on Morris Street, between Truman Street and Washington Ave. Responding officers found a 21-year-old New Haven man suffering from a gunshot wound.