Witnesses report hearing at least five shots fired
By John Faucher
New London police officers were involved in a shooting shortly before noon Friday, Aug. 19.
At approximately 11:50 a.m., a New London officer responded on radio that shots were fired and a subject was down in front of 1015 Algoma Street, two blocks from Emanuel Lutheran Elementary School.
At the scene, dozens of residents in the neighborhood were outside of their homes at the corner of Pine and Algoma Streets. Police responded quickly and taped off the scene.
The subject, who appeared to be a white male, was lying in the grass motionless just off the sidewalk near a blue bicycle.
A Gold Cross Ambulance was dispatched but did not appear to be treating any victims and cleared the scene a short while later.
Police investigators continued arriving at the scene and the perimeter was expanded for crowd control.
Jeff Collar, a resident who lives on the same side of the street several houses away on the corner of Algoma and Pine said he thought he heard five shots.
Jenny Dorsey at 304 East Pine Street was in the back yard with her dogs when she heard the shots.
“At first we thought they were fireworks,” Dorsey said. “But squad cars were there right instantly, and then we figured it wasn’t fireworks. We heard five, six or seven shots. I would say it was about 11:45.”
Don and Peggy Muskevitsch who live at 311 Pine Street both heard the shots.
“I was going out to the mail box when I heard the shots,” Peggy Muskevitsch said. “It sounded like five shots, one right after the other.”
Another resident from very close to the scene, who did not want to be named, said he heard the police yell “freeze” twice before hearing the shots.
“Christ, we’re two blocks from the school,” he said shaking his head.
Other witnesses said they saw investigators pick up a gun near the subject’s body.
As of 12:50 p.m. there was no information available via the police Facebook page and no press releases or statements issued.
At 12:22 p.m., police called New London Fire Department on the scene to assist with traffic control and maintain security of the perimeter.