Killed – Shamar Willett (New Haven, CT)

Shamar Willett

New Haven police have arrested an 18-year-old New Haven man in connection with a fatal shooting on Saturday afternoon.

Shamar Willet, 23, was found with a gunshot wound in the chest when police responded to the second floor of his 35 Harding Place home around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

He was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An 18-year-old New Haven man has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of his sister’s boyfriend.

The New Haven Register reports Shunravion Jackson says he forgot he had the gun in his hand when he shot 23-year-old Shamar Willett while the two men horsed around Saturday.

Assistant Police Chief Archie Generoso says the police investigation has found that the shooting was not intentional.

Police say Jackson changed his story at least three times. Authorities say he first said he saw Willett on the couch with a gunshot wound, that he was in the apartment when he heard a gunshot and that he and Willet were playing around in the kitchen and he picked up a gun.

Willet went to give a bear hug to Jackson who accidently squeezed the trigger.

An 18-year-old Hillhouse High School student said he “accidentally pulled the trigger” of a pistol while engaged in “horseplay” with a 23-year-old friend—firing a shot that left his friend dead.

The student, Shunravion Jackson, told that story to police, who arrested him on charges of second-degree manslaughter.


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