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Trial begins in gang shooting spree case

July 6, 2016 GMT

BRIDGEPORT - It was the case that arguably propelled Joseph Ganim to the mayor’s seat.

But Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph DeJoseph won’t be calling Ganim to the witness stand as he opens his case Wednesday morning in the trial of Jamal “MooMoo” Hamilton before a Superior Court jury.

Hamilton, 24, a member of the Greene Homes Boyz gang is charged with murder and eight counts each of first-degree assault for the June 11, 2015 shooting spree in the Trumbull Gardens that killed one man and wounded eight others. One of those wounded was a grandmother hit by an errant bullet in the buttocks while she was in the shower in her home.

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Hamilton is represented by Michael Riley.

The shooting came the same day as Bill Finch was to announce his re-election bid with a claim that his administration was responsible for a decrease in violent crime in the city. Instead, Finch was forced to postpone his announcement giving Ganim, who announced that day the opening of his own police substation just outside the Trumbull Gardens housing project, the upper hand.

Hamilton, considered by police to be a major heroin dealer in the area as well as gang leader had already been linked to other gang-related shootings in the city when the Trumbull Gardens shooting occurred.

Just days before the Trumbull Gardens shooting Hamilton was under surveillance by members of the State Police gang task force for operating an alleged heroin operation out of a house on Colorado Avenue.

According to court documents obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media Services, Hamilton was distributing large amounts of heroin stamped “Heinz” and “Aunt Jemima,” throughout the city and the surrounding area.

Between June 4 and June 12, 2015, using a confidential informant, the task force made a number of undercover purchases of the drug from Hamilton, the documents state.

Hamilton was subsequently charged with numerous counts of sale of narcotics.

Police said Savonie “Vahnnie” McNeil, 37, of Shelton, who was fatally shot in the head, was specifically targeted by Hamilton in the parking lot at Trumbull Gardens on June 11. Witnesses positively identified Hamilton as being one of the shooters.