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Five Shot At Club Party

November 13th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Law Enforcement, News and Events

Five people were shot Saturday night by what police say were two shooters at a sweet 16 party at the Circolo Sportivo club on Park Avenue. A fight inside the club spilled outside, according to city spokesman Av Harris who says one male victim is in serious condition but expected to survive.

Steve Krauchick of Doing It Local was on the scene and shares a video report.

“I spoke with Chief AJ Perez who said the wounds suffered were mainly leg wounds … The chief was upset that there was inadequate security at the party even after the party swelled to over 200 attendees. Police are looking for a gray Chrysler Crossover with New York plates in connection to the shooting. At 1:02am detectives located a firearm on the grounds of the club.”

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  • Jeff Kohut

    There have been many incidents of violence at private clubs in Bridgeport over the past several years. Many of these “Sweet Sixteen” parties (et al.) are (more often than not) a subspecies of “rave” parties organized by alcohol-drug-entertainment entrepreneurs who make thousands of untaxable, untraceable dollars by renting private venues under false pretenses. There is no doubt the organizations owning these facilities are often aware of such situations. It can be safely assumed individuals responsible for administering the facilities and overseeing rentals are often also pocketing some of the proceeds under various administrative auspices. But what must be remembered is these and other types of private “parties” is a cottage industry that caters to illegal drug and alcohol use in ways that court disaster for attendees as well as those residing in neighborhoods and businesses in proximity to the facilities. These “parties” present definite dangers to the community (e.g., gun violence, DWI, etc.), which indicate–demand–much more attention from city government and law enforcement, by way of ORDINANCE, MONITORING AND POLICING. Many such “parties” can be observed throughout Bridgeport on any given evening, but especially, of course, on weekends. Problematic “parties” are often predictable, recurring events at certain private clubs and residential addresses. It is the responsibility of BPD to monitor these situations and be on the lookout for additional locations. They have the means (video surveillance cameras, Block Watch observation). This is very basic police work. And City Hall needs to enforce appropriate ordinances and create and enforce new ordinances, as indicated. Fines and legal action must be pursued by the City as indicated.

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