Police: 2 men fatally shot in illegal after-hours club being run out of Bridgeport basement

Two men were fatally shot in an illegal after-hours club being run out of a Bridgeport basement Sunday, police say.

News 12 Staff

May 16, 2021, 1:06 PM

Updated 1,108 days ago

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Two men were fatally shot in an illegal after-hours club being run out of a Bridgeport basement Sunday, police say.
Bridgeport police responded to 1023 Main Street on reports of shots fired at around 1:56 a.m.
They discovered 38-year-old Charles Barnes, of Bloomfield, dead in the basement of the location.
Officials also discovered 40-year-old Charles Peters, of Stamford, who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital where he later died.
Family members of one of the victims tells News 12 Connecticut that the location of the club used to be a church.
Barnes' sister, Margaret Walker, told News 12 that she received a call from her mother at 2:03 a.m. that her brother was shot and that the situation was "not looking good."
Police say the club had no name and was in clear violation of Gov. Ned Lamont's emergency COVID-19 orders when shots rang out.
Bridgeport Councilman Jorge Cruz says he's very sick and tired of the gun violence.
"We need to find out who are those perpetrators and bring them to justice," Cruz says.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the shootings to call 203-576-TIPS to help in the investigation.
In the meantime, Gov. Lamont, along with Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, joined a rally In Newfield Park Sunday after shots were fired at a Little League game a day earlier.
Police say players and other young children went running for cover as bullets flew over their heads.
Activist Joe Grits told the crowd, "It's time to demand action from police and politicians."
Police say they're investigating surveillance video to figure out who fired those shots.


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