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Bridgeport has 1st homicide of 2018

January 16, 2018 GMT

BRIDGEPORT - The city has its first homicide of the year, police confirmed.

The victim was identified as male, police spokesman Av Harris said.

The victim, whose age and name have not been released, was shot outside a snack shop near 604 Newfield Ave.

He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where he died around 5 a.m. Wednesday, Harris said.

The shooting happened a few feet away from where Eric Diaz, 19, was killed on Sept. 14. Remnants of a makeshift memorial sit for Diaz sat across the street from the Snack Shop.

Sour fatal shootings occurred in 2017 alone in the East End neighborhood where Tuesday’s latest homicide occured.

Three, including Diaz’, were deemed by police to involve members of violent groups.

Last year across the city, Bridgeport had 23 homicides. That number is more than double 2016’s total of 10.

Of the city’s 23 total homicides in 2017, 18 of were homicide by firearm.

There were 89 total shootings with documented injuries in 2015 and 97 in 2016, police said in December of 2016. As of Saturday, Porter said the city had recorded a total of 111 such shootings in 2017.

From 2001 through 2017, Bridgeport’s average number of homicides, rounds out to 17 a year, according to information from citydata.com and police reports. In that time span, the greatest number of homicides in the city was 28, reached in 2006, while 10 in 2016 represented the fewest killings in that span.