Bridgeport PD: Homicide was ‘not a random act of violence’

November 28, 2018

BRIDGEPORT — The city’s Detective Bureau said the homicide that claimed the life of a 30-year-old man on Tuesday was not a random act of violence.

The 30-year-old was hit by bullets in the neck and torso, said Capt. Brian Fitzgerald early Wednesday morning. He said the man was shot in the 70 block of Laurel Avenue.

“The male victim was found unresponsive at the scene and was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead,” said Fitzgerald, head of the Detective Bureau, in a statement. “This was not a random act of violence and the victim appears to have been targeted by the assailant(s).”

Police have not released the identity of the homicide victim, pending notification of next of kin and confirmation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Fitzgerald said.

Tuesday’s murder was the 10th of 2018 and the first in the city since Myoshi Bagley, 41, and David Belle, 28. The two were shot on Oct. 31 on Maplewood Avenue. Bagley died that night and Belle died less than a week later on Nov. 6.

Detectives are working to establish a motive for the killing, he said, and the department is asking anyone with information to come forward.

Tips can be called in to Detective Winkler at 203-581-5224 or to the anonymous tip line at 203-576-TIPS (8477).

Editor’s Note: Police initially said Tuesday night’s homicide victim was in his 20s. A statement from the Detective Bureau captain clarified that the man was 30.

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