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Police: Same gun used in random shootings

"We've made this case priority No. 1," said New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. on Thursday.
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Police: Same gun used in five "random" shootings.

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (CNN) -- Five people in New Haven have been hospitalized since Sunday in apparently random shootings involving the same gun, police said Tuesday.

Connecticut State Police said shell casings from each scene were identified as being fired from the same gun. Police would not say what type of gun was used in the shootings in two neighborhoods.

Greg Jones, 18, and Christopher Lowery, 20, were shot early Sunday, police said. They are listed in fair condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Police would not give the names of remaining victims, who were attacked early Monday within 11 minutes of each other in New Haven's Hill section.

A 24-year-old man shot near his home, and a 41-year-old man wounded near Sylvan Avenue and Elliott Street remain in critical condition at Yale-New Haven Hospital, officials said.

A 54-year-old man shot near Congress Avenue and Downes Street is in stable condition at the Hospital of San Raphael.

"We've made this case priority No. 1," said New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. "We're encouraging the community for extra help -- to be an extra set of eyes and ears."

Police Chief Francisco Ortiz has reassigned every detective in the New Haven Police Department to work exclusively on the case.

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating three vehicles: a dark red or burgundy four-door car, a powder blue car and a brown and tan Ford Explorer-type vehicle.

Anyone who has seen these vehicles or has information on the shootings is asked to call the New Haven Police Department at 203-946-6304 or 1-866-888-TIPS.

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