In light of the Thursday shootings, Mayor Bill Finch postponed his scheduled reelection announcement at Captain’s Cove Seaport to join community leaders and local clergy at prayer rallies at the city’s two hospitals, 6 p.m. near Main Street in front of St. Vincent’s Medical Center and 7 p.m. in the courtyard of Bridgeport Hospital. Several of the shooting victims are recovering at the hospitals. A vigil also took place 5:30 at Trumbull Gardens.
From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:
Police have added patrols in the Trumbull Gardens housing complex and detectives continue to follow leads connected to a overnight shooting that claimed one life and injured eight other people.
“First and foremost, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of the people who were injured early this morning and especially to the family of the young man who lost his life,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “his is a community and a city that cares deeply about one another. I have seen that compassion over and over, here in Trumbull Gardens and in every neighborhood in the city. And I know that this community will pull together and come out stronger in the end.”
The shooting happened at 1 a.m. in the 400 block of Trumbull Avenue, wounding six males and three females. The suspects were last seen fleeing on foot behind a building in the complex.
“Detectives are committed to finding and arresting the people who committed this senseless act of violence, and I am asking the community to help in the investigation. We have work to do, and we need the community’s support and cooperation to get these dangerous people off the street,” Mayor Finch said.
Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. identified the homicide victim as Savonnie McNeil, 37, of Shelton.
The other victims ranged in age from 27 years old to 59 years old.
“Literally dozens of detectives are following leads, interviewing witnesses and visiting area businesses to determine if security video exists that will bring us closer to finding these gunmen,” said Chief Gaudett. “Investigators are working non-stop and won’t rest until we identify these gunmen and bring them to justice.”
He asked anyone with information to contact Detective Ada Curet, the lead investigator, at 203-581-5236.
“We have developed leads that we are pursuing, but we need the community’s assistance,” Gaudett added.
This afternoon, a crisis intervention mobile team will deploy to Trumbull Gardens to provide mental health support for people in the complex. Also, School resource officers also will be in the neighborhood to provide emotional support and additional security during school dismissal.
This morning, members of StreetSafe Bridgeport responded to the shooting scene and hospitals and remained in the area speaking with residents and trying to prevent any potential retaliation. Streetsafe Bridgeport is a grassroots initiative that hires community members, many of the ex-offenders, to mediate conflicts before they turn violent.
“We are from these neighborhoods. We know the people. We’ve walked the same path that a lot of these kids are on. We’ve been there so we can relate to them and they can relate to us,” said Kenny Jackson, a member of Streetsafe Bridgeport.
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“I know that we were all impacted very deeply here in the city,” Mayor Finch said. “This is a very small and tight-knit community and when something like this happens, we all know someone involved. We are outraged at this violence. The community is outraged.”
“We’ve made progress and we have the lowest crime rate in 40 years,” he added. “I realize that is no consolation to the victims today. The vast majority of people here in Trumbull Gardens get up in the morning and go to work, and send their children to school. I urge parents to talk to their young men and tell them to put down the guns.”
Chief Gaudett said that at least two shooters, wearing hooded sweatshirts fired shots at the group of people standing in a parking lot and then fled on foot.
“We will do everything we can to bring these people to justice,” Gaudett said.