Bridgeport lawmaker says his relatives were victim and suspect in fatal shooting

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A Bridgeport lawmaker says his relatives were identified as both the victim and suspect in a fatal shooting.

Police in Alabama say Tamika Stallworth, the niece of Connecticut state Rep. Charlie Stallworth, fired the shot that killed another family member, 10-month-old Jamaya Austin.           

Police say Stallworth was apparently aiming at someone else in the car when she inadvertently shot the baby on Christmas Eve.

"Completely shocked, simply speechless, I could not get my hands around it. The persons involved, the time of the year, and such a tragic event. The life of a baby, 10-month-old, it is just so -- it's hurtful and painful,” says Stallworth.

Alabama police did not identify the person believed to have been the target or release a possible motive for the shooting.

 

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