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Malloy Pledges Crime-Fighting Help For Bridgeport After Rash Of Shootings

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim thanks Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's commitment to help the city reduce crime after a recent spate of shootings. They spoke at a press conference following a closed-door meeting with law enforcement officials Thursday morning.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim thanks Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's commitment to help the city reduce crime after a recent spate of shootings. They spoke at a press conference following a closed-door meeting with law enforcement officials Thursday morning. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued a warning to Bridgeport's criminal element after a violent couple of weeks in the state's largest city.

"If you are one of these perpetrators, we're after you, we're coming for you," Malloy said. "If you have a gun and in many cases we know who do, we're coming for you."

Malloy met with Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, and senior law enforcement officials at the State Police's Troop G headquarters Thursday morning to work on ways to deal with a recent spike in shootings in Bridgeport.

He made the comments in a press conference after the 90-minute meeting, which was closed to the media.

Malloy also pledged more money and resources to help Bridgeport's crime-fighting efforts, including increasing the visibility of State Police in the city following the shooting death of a Stamford teen and the wounding of 20 others, including 13 in one incident.

While he said State Police will have a more visible presence in Bridgeport, he said that doesn't mean they will be actively patrolling the city.

“It’s not like we are going to take over the patrolling of the streets in the city, that’s not going to happen,” Malloy said. The help by the state and federal authorities will come in the form of availability to help with local investigations.

"I think the people of Bridgeport will know and be more cognizant of our state police activities in Bridgeport," Malloy said, although he declined to go into specifics.

Ganim thanked Malloy for his help and joined his tough-talking tone.

"If you think you can run around the gun, if you think you can take pot shots, if you think you are justified in it because of your own internal, let's call in rivalry, that's not going to be tolerated in any section of the state ... and certainly not any section of the city of Bridgeport," Ganim said. "You are not going to find safe havens in public housing, you are not going to find safe havens because of anonymity."

He said the increased resources and cooperation will help in closing the cases.

Malloy and Ganim agreed that Bridgeport has seen its violent crime rate drop overall despite the recent upswing in violence in the past month.

Malloy said homicides are down and shootings are down even after 13 people shot and wounded at a house party in August.

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