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Bridgeport Police Stepping Up Patrols In Wake Of Gun Violence

City Council member Anthony Paoletto, Mayor Joe Ganim, Police Chief AJ Perez and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal discuss an ambush-style shooting on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 21 in Bridgeport.
City Council member Anthony Paoletto, Mayor Joe Ganim, Police Chief AJ Perez and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal discuss an ambush-style shooting on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 21 in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport Police Chief Armando "AJ" Perez will increase patrols in areas prone to gun violence in reaction to a number of violent shootings in the past week.

The most notable incident occurred Saturday when an 18-year-old Stamford teen was s hot and killed on Wood Terrace . The gun violence continued Monday, when t hree teens were reportedly shot outside a housing project and a man and woman were shot outside a deli , according to the Connecticut Post. All three incidents remain under investigation.

Back on Sunday, Aug. 21 two gunmen ambushed a house party on Plymouth Street , firing into a crowd and injuring 13 people. That incident also remains under investigation.

“As Chief of Police, I am very concerned about the recent spike in gun violence in our great city," Perez said in a statement released Tuesday. "We, the members of the Bridgeport Police Department, remain deeply committed to ensuring the safety of our citizens. We are working closely with our partners from Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement agencies to stem the gang violence that has so recently impacted our residents."

Perez said Tuesday that he has recalled officers assigned to specialized units in order to augment the department's Patrol Division. He said they will proactively police "Hot Spots" that have been identified as high risk for gun violence, and that the Traffic Division will conduct increased motor vehicle enforcement in these "Hot Spots"

"The Detective Division, Narcotics Unit and Gang Task Force continue to work tirelessly in tracking down leads in all recent shooting incidents. We are very confident that those responsible for these heinous crimes will be identified, apprehended and brought to justice," Perez said.

"We also work tirelessly with the various faith-based community organizations that are instrumental in building strong relationships with our youth.These organizations assist in facilitating discussions with the youth of Bridgeport, that are at greater risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of gun violence."

He added that Mayor Joe Ganim "has given the Bridgeport Police Department his full support in taking every available measure necessary to protect our citizens."

Anybody with information about the recent shootings is asked to contact the police department tip line at 203-576-TIPS (8477).

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