6 people shot, 2 dead in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Bridgeport police had their hands full early Sunday morning, after six people were shot, and two killed, in different parts of the city. All of it happening in the span of just four hours.

“All the sudden I seen a couple cop cars fly up the neighborhood, just flying. I seen the lights and didn’t worry about going outside or nothing,” said Jeremy Killings, Bridgeport.

One of the shootings happened along Pearl Street, which police say was domestic related. Police arrived shortly before 4 a.m. to a double shooting. Police found 24-year-old Kiromy Fontanez and her mother’s boyfriend, Jorge Jimenez with gunshot wounds. Fontanez was pronounced dead at the scene. Jimenez received a gun shot wound to his leg when attempting to stop the shooter, identified by police as 37-year-old Jose Santiago.

Jose Santiago
Jose Santiago

Police say Santiago was caught about an hour later in the back of a taxi he was taking to New Britain covered in blood and shoeless. He confessed to the crime. According to police, Santiago was the long time boyfriend of Fontanez.

“There was a lot of fireworks last night but honestly can you tell the difference between fireworks and gunshots,” said Melissa Alago, Bridgeport.

The other shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. right near Barnum Avenue and William Street. Police say a 23-year-old was shot in the head and later died.

Earlier Sunday the man’s aunt came to the scene after learning her nephew was killed. She tells News 8, he was a father of 3 small kids.

“There’s always something going on in this town. These people need to know that these guns ain’t doing nothing. They just killing people. It’s ridiculous,” she said.

Police say that 23-year-old was hanging out in the area with friends. The friends say the victim walked away and the next thing they knew, they heard gunfire.

The other shooting took place in this neighborhood along Pitt Street around midnight. Three men were shot during a party. They’re injuries are non life threatening.

“I’ve been living in Bridgeport for 25 years this stuff happens all the time. I’m not proud of it, but it really does,” said Alago.

“This is the life that we live here in Bridgeport. You can’t say your good, you can’t say you’re bad because guess what because good people get killed too,” said the victim’s aunt.

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