Bridgeport police have added patrols in the Trumbull Gardens public housing complex and detectives continue to follow leads connected to an overnight shooting that claimed the life of a Shelton man and injured eight other people.
Bridgeport Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. identified the homicide victim as Savonnie “Vahnnie” McNeil, 37, of Shelton. The other victims ranged in age from 27 years old to 59 years old.
“Investigators are working non-stop and won’t rest until we identify these gunmen and bring them to justice,” Gaudett said.
Shooting happened at about 1 a.m.
Six males and three females were injured, including the fatality of the Shelton resident.
The suspects were last seen fleeing on foot behind a building in the complex.
“Literally dozens of detectives are following leads, interviewing witnesses and visiting area businesses to determine if security video exists that will bring us closer to finding these gunmen,” Gaudett said.
‘My deepest condolences’
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch also spoke out on the incident.
“First and foremost, I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of the people who were injured early this morning and especially to the family of the young man who lost his life,” Finch said.
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“This is a community and a city that cares deeply about one another,” Finch said. “I have seen that compassion over and over, here in Trumbull Gardens and in every neighborhood in the city.
“And I know that this community will pull together and come out stronger in the end,” he said.
Finch said police “are committed to finding and arresting the people who committed this senseless act of violence, and I am asking the community to help in the investigation.
“We have work to do,” he continued, “and we need the community’s support and cooperation to get these dangerous people off the street.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Bridgeport Police Det. Ada Curet, who is leading the investigation, at 203-581-5236.
“We have developed leads that we are pursuing, but we need the community’s assistance,” Gaudett said.