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Police Pursue Leads In Bridgeport House Party Shooting

City Council member Anthony Paoletto, Mayor Joe Ganim, Police Chief AJ Perez and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal discuss an ambush-style shooting Sunday morning, Aug. 21, in Bridgeport during a press conference later that day.
City Council member Anthony Paoletto, Mayor Joe Ganim, Police Chief AJ Perez and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal discuss an ambush-style shooting Sunday morning, Aug. 21, in Bridgeport during a press conference later that day. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., -- The investigation into the early morning shooting on Sunday, Aug. 21, that left 13 people injured is ongoing, said a City of Bridgeport spokesman.

"The police are pursuing every lead that they can. They are canvassing the neighborhood, they are talking to witnesses, they are reviewing surveillance videos," said Av Harris, director of communications and senior adviser for public policy for the city. "They are talking to the victims to get as much information as they can get. That's the way these investigations go."

Police said that two shooters fired at the Plymouth Street backyard party through a hedge at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The majority of the 13 victims have been released from the hospital, however one woman remains at Yale-New Haven Hospital in serious condition.

"We're very lucky obviously that nobody lost their life," Harris said.

Police believe two shooters fired through 6-foot-tall hedges from the backyard at 31-33 Plymouth St. and struck the victims, who were all in the rear of 19 Plymouth St

The victims, who ranged in age from about 18 to 24, were rushed to Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center by ambulances and private cars, while officers tried to piece together the evidence and interview witnesses throughout the night, said Capt. Brian Fitzgerald.

Eleven sustained non-life-threatening wounds to their lower extremities, police said. One of the 11 males shot sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the face, police said.

Police have asked anyone with information about the shooting to call 203 576-TIPS (8477).

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