Police: Domestic-violence shooting comes amid funding cuts

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The head of a Bridgeport domestic violence shelter says the state budget crisis has cut her agency's funding in half.

The news comes after a domestic-violence shooting Thursday night that sent two people to the hospital.

Police Chief AJ Perez says that when funding for domestic violence services is cut off, lives literally hang in the balance, and that's why he is worried about Thursday night's shooting as it relates to the state budget crisis.

The shooting happened around 11 p.m. in the 900 block of Noble Avenue.

According to police, the ex-boyfriend of a woman who lives there showed up with his cousin to get some items left at her house.

Investigators say the current boyfriend happened to be there, and that's what led to shots being fired.

Two people were struck, though their injuries were not serious.

Deb Greenwood, who runs the Center for Family Justice Domestic Violence Shelter in Bridgeport, says what is serious is the current state budget crisis, which has cut her agency's funding by 50 percent.

City Councilwoman Jeanette Herron is a domestic violence survivor, and says funding to help this problem is in serious jeopardy.

"If that is cut, I have a feeling that I'm going to wind up going to more funerals," says Herron. "I don't want to see that happen. As a woman who has been abused, we need those services here."

The Center for Family Justice is calling on state leaders to resolve the budget crisis as quickly as possible to avoid staffing cuts for the agency's most critical services.

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