Underground Music – Connecticut’s growing music scene has suffered another loss due to gun violence in New Britain, Connecticut last week. According to media sources, out of fear, police officers opened fire on a car suspected of being involved in multiple carjackings and robberies.
Officers involved in the shooting claims Zoe Dowdell (Gangstalicious) was the person behind the wheel when the car he was driving struck police vehicles and drove toward officers in an attempt to flee as they tried to stop him. Shortly after, police officers opened fire, killing Dowdell and wounding 18-year-old Noah Young and a 15-year-old passenger.
Noah Young has been transported to a hospital in New Britain to be treated for a graze wound and has been released. He was arrested on charges including illegal possession of a narcotic, possession of a narcotic with intent to sell and risk of injury to a child. Bond was set at $100,000.
The news has sent shockwaves through Connecticut, especially all over social media platforms like Facebook. Hundreds of people shared their frustration through their statuses while sharing posts by those who were close to the artist and the passengers. Many questions whether Dowdell and the two passengers were as big of a threat to the police that officers had to handle it the way they did. Reports claim at least one gun was found at the scene.
According to Wfsb, Det. Marcin Ratajczak, Det. Christopher Kiely, Officer Michael Slavin, Officer Kyle Jones and Officer Chad Nelson all discharged their weapons. All of the officers involved were placed on restricted desk duty “while the facts and circumstances of the incident are thoroughly investigated by the Connecticut State Police, under the supervision of the Middletown State’s Attorney’s Office, and a complete administrative investigation is conducted by the New Britain Police Department,” according to New Britain police.