Man Charged With Murder in New Haven Gas Station Shooting

The Exxon station at Whalley Avenue and Fitch Street in New Haven

Man arrested for murder in New Haven on Friday

Police said 35-year-old Kenneth Cooper was shot outside of the entrance to the Exxon gas station and convenience store at 775 Whalley Avenue just after 3 a.m.

31-year-old Joshua Council, of New Haven, was arrested and charged with the shooting murder of 35-year-old Kenneth Cooper.

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Police said they responded to reports of shots fired near the Exxon Gas Station Convenience Store at the intersection of Whalley Avenue and Fitch Street at about 3 a.m. on Friday morning.

The shooting took place around 3:08 a.m. on January 12 when the city's ShotSpotter system detected gunfire in the area of Whalley Avenue at Fitch Street.

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A woman he was with drove Cooper to the hospital, where he died shortly thereafter.

Council was apprehended near his house on Saturday without incident. He was charged with murder, criminal possession of a pistol without a permit and violation of probation.

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Council is a convicted felon and parolee, according to police. He is being held at the New Haven Police Department on a $1 million bond.

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