Man fatally shoots worker after asking for job

Gregory Weathers Jr. (Photo provided by the Bridgeport Police Dept.)
Gregory Weathers Jr. (Photo provided by the Bridgeport Police Dept.)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Bridgeport police are trying to figure out why a man was shot and killed while working at a construction site on Pond Street Thursday morning.

Police chief Joseph Gaudett says officers were even on scene at the time of the shooting.

“They were doing a road job this morning,” he said. “There were actually a couple of police officers working on either side of the road job doing traffic.”

Gaudett says 33-year-old Gregory Weathers approached the crew asking about work. They told him to get an application. Moments later, police say Weathers opened fire, shooting 31-year-old Jose Araujo in the chest many times. The Milford man died at the hospital.

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“I saw the police all the way around and people walking to my yard in the back,” said Weathers’ neighbor Julio Garcia. “I saw him when he was arrested.”

Police chased Weathers as he ran away from the scene.

Bridgeport police on the scene of a shooting at a construction site Thursday morning (WTNH / Ken Melech)
Bridgeport police on the scene of a shooting at a construction site Thursday morning (WTNH / Ken Melech)

“Our officers on scene immediately responded when the shots were fired and engaged the suspect in foot pursuit,” said Gaudett. Police say they caught up to Weathers hiding in underbrush near his home on Saunders Avenue.

“Why would someone walk up to a laborer standing in a trench just doing his job and put five bullets in him?” said Gaudett.

Police say Weathers confessed to the crime. They found a gun at the scene, and conducted a search of his home for evidence.

“Jose was a truly valued employee for many years at Burns Construction Company,” the company said in a statement. “He will be greatly missed by all of us here at Burns Construction Company. Our thoughts and prayers are with entire Araujo family during this difficult time.”

Family and friends of Araijo have set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs and the family’s immediate financial needs. If you’re interested in contributing, you may do so here.

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