STAMFORD, Conn. — A 43-year-old West Side woman was killed in brazen shooting at a busy Stamford park Monday night, police said Tuesday morning.
Police received multiple calls at 10:04 p.m. reporting the shooting at Lione Park. Maxine Gooden had been shot in the torso and was taken to Stamford Hospital — just down the street from the scene — where she later died, police said.
It appears that Gooden was targeted in the shooting, police said. She was standing between cars and talking with family and friends when two suspects approached her, police said.
“It wasn’t a random shooting, it wasn’t a drive-by shooting, it wasn’t a shooting into a crowd,” Capt. Richard Conklin said at the scene Tuesday morning, where family and friends had gathered.
One of the victim's daughters arrived at the scene to speak to officers. She was accompanied by a cousin and showed the cousin where the shooting had happened.
"I was right here," she said, walking to the section of the parking lot where the shooting occurred.
She declined to speak when approached by a reporter.
"I can't speak right now. I have to go," she said.
Immediately after the shooting, the suspects ran off and were chased by two witnesses, police said. They got into a black Jeep nearby and fled, police said.
Witnesses provided officers with the Jeep’s license plate number, police said.
An alert officer on patrol saw the vehicle and alerted other officers by radio, police said. Several officers followed the vehicle and conducted a “textbook felony stop” on Strawberry Hill near the Tully Health Center, Conklin said.
Three suspects were taken into custody. Jhonel Telemin, 21, was charged with first-degree murder, and Deshawn Hayes, 24, and Morris Joel Moore Jr., 23, were charged with conspiracy to murder, police said.
No bystanders were injured in the shooting, but stray bullets hit nearby buildings, police said.
Officers have recovered rounds but no weapons, police said.
The investigation was continuing Tuesday as officers were searching for weapons and other evidence in the area, police said.
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