Bridgeport man survives 10 gunshot wounds
Updated 6:32 pm, Thursday, October 5, 2017
BRIDGEPORT — Police Chief Armando Perez has declared war on drugs and guns following the city’s latest shooting, in which a man was hit 10 times Wednesday night.
“This has got to stop,” Perez said Thursday. “I’m so angry.”
And he said he has 21 new police officers coming on in the next few weeks.
“I want them visible — on Stratford Avenue, in Trumbull Gardens and the Greene Homes,” Perez said, adding that 90 percent of the new cops would work the 4 p.m.-to-midnight or midnight-to-7 a.m. shifts.
Additionally, Perez said, there are ongoing investigations involving his department at Connecticut State Police, the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive Devices and the FBI.
“We dropped the first shoe,” he said referring to last week’s arrests of 15 reputed members of an East Side gang and seizure of guns, ammunition and drugs. “You’re going to see more shoes dropping soon.”
But bodies have been dropping, too. The latest was a 42-year-old Dover Street man who was still alive after being shot 10 times outside his home.
Capt. Roderick Parker said an assailant chased the victim into his home and “continued firing striking (him) multiple times.”
Investigators believe the shooting was drug related. No arrests in the case had been announced as of Thursday afternoon, and no further information was available on the victim’s condition.
Back and forth
The attack follows Bridgeport’s 20th homicide of the year, amid a streak of shootings involving rival street gangs and a state budget crisis that for three months has frozen anti-violence programs.
A few doors down from the blood-splotched steps on Dover Street, a woman described the victim as a “good neighbor,” who had lived in the area for a couple of years and works as a cook.
The woman, who works in a Milford factory, and her husband, who was home at the time of the shooting, asked that their names not be used. The woman said she feared being labeled “nosy” in a neighborhood that’s seen a lot of gun violence.
“I didn’t see nothing; just the cop cars when I came outside,” said the husband. “I went back to sleep.”
Police said the attacker, about 6 feet tall with a medium build, wore a black hoodie during the shooting, which took place between Stewart Street and Tudor Street, on the 200 block of Dover Street
The site is north of Boston Avenue, and two blocks from the scene of the December 2016 killing of Noel Esbri.
Four non-fatal shootings were reported in the area between April 2015 and July 2017, including one a few doors down from Wednesday’s shooting, according to police records.
People with knowledge of the incident or those involved can call the detective bureau at 203-581-5201 or leave an anonymous tip at 203-576-TIPS (8477).
At least two gang-related shooting deaths have taken place in the area of Sixth Street this year, on the East End, with retaliatory shootings that have erupted in other parts of the city.
Program lacks money
In one case, Sixth Street resident Cadell Moore, 34 was shot while working on his car. His was the 19th homicide of the year.
David Shavers, 22, was charged in Moore’s Thursday, police said. The alleged Norwalk drug dealer had intended to shoot members of a gang people on Sixth Street in a “drug dispute,” and that Moore wasn’t the intended target, police said.
The 20th murder victim of the year was 19-year-old Eric Diaz, who was at the corner of Beardsley Street and Newfield Avenue on Sept. 14.
When Bridgeport recorded a decades-low tally of 10 homicides last year, anti-violence activists and law enforcement agencies credited Project Longevity, a group that coordinates police agencies and social service programs.
That program has been on hold for 97 days due to a state budget impasse.
That’s led to a reduction in custom notifications — visits to gang members aimed at preventing gun violence — according Bridgeport Project Longevity coordinator Harold Dimbo.
Some aspects of the program have continued, such as coordinated enforcement efforts between Bridgeport police, state officials and academics. One of Project Longevity’s strategies is to threaten collective punishment to the most violent groups — a promise to prioritize prosecution for people who shoot and anyone they are affiliated with.
“The recent sweep of arrests is a result of the use of the concept of ‘focused attention’ which is part of the strategy of Project Longevity,” said Fairfield County State’s Attorney John Smriga.
But other efforts that make up the Project Longevity strategy have been hobbled.
The Project Longevity website showed an uptick in “group-involved” shootings in June, but has since taken down the page that tracked the data.
“This web page is being updated,” the gun violence outcomes page read Thursday. “We apologize for the inconvenience.”
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