From the Connecticut Post:
A teenage girl is dead, just hours after gunmen sprayed the Brooks Street porch she was on, striking her in the head and wounding her two friends just before 2 a.m. Saturday.
Keijahnae “Nu Nu” Robinson was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital early Saturday evening, according to city officials.
The two friends, a 15-year-old male and a 17-year-old female, also shot in the attack are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Now community activists like Lyle Hassan Jones and politicians like Ernie Newton II, are calling on Mayor Bill Finch and Police Chief Joseph Gaudett to take action.
“They got to bring in the feds, start rounding up these gangs and laying down the law,” said Jones, a city truant officer who preaches against gun violence as a Sunni Muslim imam at the Al-Aziz Islamic Center on Fairfield Avenue. “This lawlessness and recklessness has got to end.”
“We’re losing our babies out there,” said Newton, whose daughter Kayla was a classmate of Robinson’s at New Life Academy and more recently Bullard-Havens Technical High School. “I’m telling families we got to do something. Today it was Nu Nu. Tomorrow it could be your child.”
Newton believes a task force needs to be established and State Police need to be called in–like they were in the late ’80s and ’90s when he said “bodies in Bridgeport were falling like rain drops.”
“I’m not saying the police aren’t doing their job, they are,” he said. “But there is nothing wrong in asking for help.”
Not long before the shooting, the trio had left a Sweet Sixteen birthday party at the White Eagle Club on East Washington Avenue. Security at the club cut the party short after a fight broke out and sent everyone home.
As Robinson and her two friends were talking on the porch at 449-51 Brooks Street, the gunmen were perched at the corner of Stillman and Brooks streets from which they opened fire on the porch, according to police. They then fled east on Stillman Street in a dark-colored car.
Saturday’s shooting was strikingly similar to the Jan. 7 killing of Justin Thompson, a 14-year-old, who was with a group when gunmen fired on them following a Sweet Sixteen party at the Innovation Center in the East End. Police closed down that party for fire code violations and sent the nearly 100 guests into the street. Approximately 45 minutes later, two gun men approached the group firing on the group. Thompson was killed and two companions were wounded.
Nor are these the only teenage shooting deaths in the city.
Last year Blair Blecher Jr. was shot to death in August. The year before Anthony “Boobie” Padilla lost his life to bullets at just 16.
Eldorado Anderson, who had the girl as a former student at New Beginnings Family Academy said about 100 people gathered in the lobby and outside of Bridgeport Hospital to pray for her and show their support.
“Everybody’s just in shock,” Anderson said.
Keijahnae’s former teacher, Maria Jukic, said the girl is an excellent student and that she got along with everyone. She is a student at Bullard-Havens.
“She protects everybody. She shows promise,” Jukic said. “She knows what she wants and she is going to go out and get it.”
Anyone with information on Saturday’s shootings is asked by police to call detectives at 203-581-5251.