CRIME
08/18/2014 04:01 pm ET | Updated Aug 26, 2014

Man Killed By Stray Bullet While Playing Computer Game On His Birthday

A Connecticut man died Sunday when a stray bullet struck him as he played a computer game, just hours after he celebrated his 58th birthday.

Police in New Haven are investigating the death of Darryl McNair as a homicide, NBC Connecticut reports. The man's family is left wondering how a jovial day turned to sorrow.

"He was dancing in the street, and I was like ‘look at him,'" Chandra Costin, McNair's stepdaughter, told WFSB. "He was enjoying himself. Now he's gone. What do we do? Where do we go?"

Police responded to reports of gunfire shortly before 2:00 a.m. Moments later, they received a 911 call from a woman who said her husband had been hit.

According to the New Haven Register:

Little was known about what transpired in the moments before the shots were fired Sunday. Neighbors said they did not see what happened and police said their investigation was still in its early stages.

A family friend said that McNair was playing Solitaire when he was struck by the bullet. Police say that they do not believe McNair was the intended target.

McNair received medical treatment on the scene and died hours later at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

“For him to get killed on his birthday, that’s crazy,” John Smith, who lives in the neighborhood, told the Register. “I’m gonna get up out of here. It’s out of control. Kids can’t even play outside because [people] be acting crazy.”

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misidentified the New Haven Register as the New Hampshire Register.

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