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Police identify victim in fatal drive-by shooting in Preston

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PRESTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The victim of a drive-by shooting in Preston Saturday morning has died. State police identified the victim Monday as 35-year-old Robert Thompson of Preston.

Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday a motorist reported hearing shots fired in the area of where Rt 12 and Rt 2a meet. When police arrived they found that a man later identified as Thompson had been shot while in a car.

We’re told the suspect’s car took off.

Ledyard Police escorted Thompson’s car with him inside to the hospital in New London where he later died.

“I was actually shocked,” said one Preston resident who wanted to be known only as Randy. “I’ve never heard about anything like that in Preston before.”

State police have developed a person of interest in the drive-by shooting.

“We were able to develop a suspect of interest of which the Eastern District Major Crime Squad is investigating at this time,” said Sgt. Al Gosselin with the Connecticut State Police.

A man staying at Thompson’s Preston home told News 8 his family is out of state during this difficult time.

Another person in town said Thompson was an aspiring MMA fighter and may have been at an MMA event at a nearby casino that night.

“I feel bad for his family and hopefully they find this person before he does something again,” said Margaret Fells of Gales Ferry.

State police are asking anyone with information to contact them. All calls can remain anonymous. They want to find out why this happened and who is responsible.

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