Murder victim's father calls for end to gang violence

NORWALK - The father of a Norwalk teen murdered last summer is calling on police to crack down on gang violence after a witness to the murder was shot over the weekend.

Brown believes there was a hit out on Joseph Bateman, 19, of Norwalk, who was shot in the face on Stevens Street over the weekend. Police say Bateman was only superficially wounded.

Bateman had been a witness to the murder of Amos Brown Jr. on Lexington Avenue in August.

Brown had previously been acquitted in the stabbing death of a Bridgeport man in 2009, which is why his father believes that his killing was a retaliatory execution.

Police have not said there if there is a connection between the two shootings.

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