Four people have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 12-year-old Bridgeport boy last week.
According to Mayor Joe Ganim‘s Office, three boys and one adult man have been arrested. Captain Brian Fitzgerald identified the adult man as 18-year-old Tajay Chambers. Chambers is expected to be arraigned in December.
Fitzgerald said Chambers was the trigger man, and fired two shots, one of them hitting 12-year-old Clinton Howell in front of his home on Willow Street in Bridgeport last Tuesday night. Chambers has been charged with:
- Murder with special circumstances
- Use of a firearm during the commission of a felony
- Illegal possession of a firearm without a permit
- Risk of injury to a child
- Reckless endangerment
Chambers is already in police custody in connection with an assault in October. News 8’s affiliate partner WABC-TV reports that a judge ordered a $500,000 bond for Chambers, and ICE placed a detainer on the Jamaican immigrant who authorities say is without legal status.
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In addition to Chambers, three boys, ages 12, 14, and 16, are all facing conspiracy to commit murder, carrying a pistol without a permit, and larceny charges.
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Fitzgerald said that Chambers and the three boys were riding around the city in a stolen car when they got into a verbal argument with some other people on Willow Street. The argument escalated, and Chambers fired two shots at the people on Willow Street. Police believe that 12-year-old Howell was not the intended target.
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