Norwalk Police Identify Homicide Victim Found On Leonard Street

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The fatal shooting occurred on Leonard Street early Thursday morning.
The fatal shooting occurred on Leonard Street early Thursday morning. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
A candle was left on the sidewalk on Leonard Street where the 43 year-old Norwalk man was found shot to death early Thursday morning.
A candle was left on the sidewalk on Leonard Street where the 43 year-old Norwalk man was found shot to death early Thursday morning. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk police have identified the victim of Thursday morning's fatal shooting as Jimmy Martinez, 43, of Norwalk.

Martinez was shot and killed at about 2:16 a.m. Thursday on Leonard Street near Isaac Street, police said. Officers who arrived on the scene attempted to provide medical aid to Martinez but discovered that he was deceased, police said.

Officers are investigating the shooting, which is the fist homicide the city has seen since October 2012.

Police had received a call from a driver who reported seeing a man down in the area of Isaac Street. When responding to the area, officers found the victim lying on the pavement of nearby Leonard Street. 

The Detective Bureau and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene of the shooting. Investigators documented the scene, collected evidence and canvassed the neighborhood for leads. After the body was found, some residents did report hearing shots fired, police said.

The victim was found on the sidewalk on Leonard Street, near SoNo Studios and the All-In Hookah Lounge. The crime scene had been cleared by late Thursday morning, and a lit candle had been placed on the sidewalk in honor of the victim.

"We are looking for public assistance on this homicide," said Lt. Paul Resnick.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Norwalk Police Department. Tips can be submitted to Detective Justin Bisceglie at 203-854-3181, through the Norwalk Police Tip Line at 203-854-3111, or online through the Norwalk Police website. Tips can also be submitted via text by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).

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At this point I would say the Norwalk police department is beyond repair The only answer is to disband the department and bring in the state police until the Norwalk Police department can be rebuilt from the ground up.

Come on, folks, give the police a chance to do their jobs before you make knee-jerk complaints.

Give them a chance.... We have murders and hundreds of shootings of the past 4 years... All unsolved... History shows that the NPD is not capable of solving a crime...

Unfortunately the Norwalk police department lacks any true investigators that are capable of solving a crime.