Bridgeport Police Chief: “The real issue is…illegal weapons”


BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Bridgeport police say they’ve stepped up targeted patrols in certain parts of the city based upon information they received following Thursday’s mass shooting incident.

Life goes on at the Trumbull Gardens housing complex Friday, a day after a heavy police presence guarded the scene where nine people were shot by at least two, maybe three gunmen in the early morning hours.

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City officials said Friday that the real problem is easy access to guns that far too often wind up in the hands of criminals.

“The problem here really is the fact that these young men, who have motivation to use them, have easy access to guns,” said Bridgeport Police Chief Joe Gaudett. “They think this is the way to solve their issue.”

Savonnie McNeil
Savonnie McNeil

Gaudett says an incident in Norwalk may have led to the shooting that injured eight and killed 37-year-old Savonnie McNeil. Neighbors say McNeil used to live in the complex with his grandmother before moving to Shelton. He reportedly has four children.

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Police marked the areas where dozens of bullet shell casings landed, fired from several different weapons.

“It’s a much bigger issue than more cops on the street,” Gaudett said. “The real issue here is the proliferation of illegal weapons.”

The other eight victims are expected to survive their injuries.

No suspects have been named. If you have any information that can help, you’re asked to contact Detective Ada Curet at (203) 581-5236.

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