SHOOTING VICTIM IDENTIFIED
Police have identified the man shot and killed in the “Happy Halloween” stabbing on Tuesday night as Sirvon Strickland, 31, of Bristol Street in New Haven.
Police said Strickland, who wished “Happy Halloween” to another man before knifing him, was fatally shot by the stabbing victim’s cousin Tuesday night.
Police said a 27-year-old New Haven man was walking on Sperry Street from Whalley Avenue toward Goffe Street, when he was confronted by a man holding a knife, according to police.
“The knife-wielding man said, ‘Happy Halloween,’ and stabbed the victim” in the elbow, Officer David Hartman said in a release. “The victim’s cousin — a 24-yearold Hamden man — was waiting in his car. He heard the commotion, got out of his car, and was also stabbed by the assailant.”
The 24-year-old, who was stabbed in a bicep, had a pistol on him and shot his assailant in the chest, police said.
“The shooter has a valid pistol permit and his gun was lawfully registered to him, according to information obtained in a police records check,” Hartman said. “The shooter has not been charged — though this investigation is active and remains active.”