One dead and one critical in New London shooting

Mar. 23—NEW LONDON — A man died and a 30-year-old woman remained in critical condition Saturday following what police suspect was an attempted murder and suicide.

The shooting happened at an apartment at 159 Hawthorne Drive, where police said two children, ages 5 and 9, were present but were not injured.

The shooting was first reported to police at 9:34 a.m. Police arrived at the apartment and found the woman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, New London Police Capt. Matthew Galante said , in a press release. A 31-year-old man was found with a single gunshot wound that police suspect was self-inflicted.

Both victims were treated at the scene by police and firefighters and then transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital for treatment. The two children found inside the apartment were also taken to L+M for evaluation.

The man was later pronounced dead. Police said they would not release his name until they had informed his family. An autopsy to be performed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of the man’s death.

As an alleged victim of domestic violence, police said they do not intend to release the woman’s name or the apartment number where the incident occurred.

The building where the shooting took place is part of a group of buildings that make up the Nutmeg Woods apartment complex. Two New London police cars are stationed outside the apartment complex, the only indication that a crime has occurred. Later in the day, after obtaining a search warrant, police detectives were expected to enter the home in search of evidence as part of the ongoing investigation.

As of Saturday afternoon, police said the woman who was shot remained in critical condition.

New London Police Chief Brian Wright called Saturday’s shooting “another tragic reminder of the dangers of domestic violence.”

On average, 14 people – most of them women – are killed each year in Connecticut by their intimate partners, and many of them…

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