Gang member pleads guilty to shooting four victims in front of Bridgeport courthouse in Jan. 2020


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BRIDGEPORT, Conn., (WTNH) — One of the suspects accused of shooting and injuring several victims in front of a state courthouse in Bridgeport in January 2020 pled guilty in court on Friday.

According to court documents and statements, 25-year-old Marquis Isreal has been a part of the “Original North End” gang based in the Trumbull Gardens area of Bridgeport.

Police say this gang sells narcotics, laundered narcotics proceeds, robbed drug dealers, and stole cars in Connecticut and other states.

According to court statements, Isreal admitted that he and other members attempted to kill members of another gang on Jan. 27, 2020, in front of a Bridgeport courthouse. Police responded to the courthouse that afternoon after receiving a ShotSpotter activation indicating 20 shots being fired.

During the investigation, police found four victims suffering from gun wounds in a vehicle. The vehicle has 23 bullet holes in the driver’s side and the windshield area.

Isreal plead guilty on Sept. 10 to one count of attempted murder and aiding and abetting, and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. Isreal has been detained since Aug. 6, 2020, and is facing a maximum term of 20 years in prison.

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