15-year-old charged with attempted murder in Bridgeport shooting that left man critical
A 15-year-old is now charged with attempted murder in connection to a drive-by shooting in Bridgeport that left a man in critical condition, police say.
The incident happened Wednesday after 4 p.m. at Trumbull and Reservoir avenues.
Community activist Joe Grits, who recently ran for Bridgeport City Council, was in a nearby parking lot at the time.
"I was in Trumbull Gardens visiting kids, just telling them I appreciate the work they did for me, for helping me campaign," Grits says. That's when he heard a shot.
Police say a 15-year-old drove through the intersection of Trumbull and Reservoir avenues and fired once, hitting a 19-year-old.
The victim had been standing on the corner, waiting for the school bus to drop off his 9-year-old cousin.
City cameras there allowed police to quickly get a license plate.
It turns out that car had been stolen out of Trumbull.
Police were able to locate it and tried to pull it over, but the driver took off. That led to a chase that eventually ended on State Street.
Police say they immediately took the 15-year-old driver into custody along with a teen passenger who they say ran from the scene.
Investigators tell News 12 Connecticut they don't have a clear motive yet and say there's no indication the suspect knew the victim.
Grits is reaching out to both families. He's an at-risk youth mentor who ran for office on a platform of child safety and reducing gun violence.
"These children are witnessing this at a young age, as I witnessed it at a young age, and it could make you go left or right, positive or negative," Grits says. "These are the children of my community that I plan on helping."
Bridgeport police say this investigation was a collaborative effort between the detective bureau, patrol division, the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, and the Fusion Center, which monitors the city's cameras.