STAMFORD, Conn. — Police charged a suspect Thursday morning in a 2011 shooting that took place on Stamford’s West Side, Capt. Richard Conklin said.
Roland Newton, 25, of Stamford, was charged with criminal attempt at murder, Sgt. Paul Guzda said. Newton is currently incarcerated on a violation of probation charge, the sergeant said.
According to Guzda, here is what originally happened: Newton was hanging out at Morales Grocery on Irving Avenue on Nov. 9, 2011, when he approached a stopped vehicle at about 7 p.m. and attempted to rob the driver. An argument broke out between the victim and Newton, and he began to shoot at the vehicle. The driver attempted to drive away, but one of the shots hit the victim in the head.
The victim survived but suffered life-altering injuries and requires constant care, Guzda said. He also described the victim, 29, as a respected person in the community.
Police recovered a .357-magnum near the scene and matched it to the one used in the shooting, Guzda said. Many witnesses also stepped forward to help police determine the suspect.
“They had enough of this senseless crime,” Guzda said of why people came forward to help in the investigation.
The victim and suspect knew each other from living in the neighborhood but had no feud or history with each other, the sergeant said. The front of the grocery store, which has since closed, was a popular hangout spot in the neighborhood where many casually drank, sold drugs and fought, Guzda said.
Conklin credited Guzda and his crew, Officers Frank Laccona, Mike Dibella and Rich Byxbee as well as Crime Scene Investigator Ed Randano for not letting the investigation get lost in the shuffle. “They kept playing with it,” he said, “It takes perseverance.”