Four shot outside Bridgeport courthouse; shooting was not a random act, police say

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)– Police and CT State Police are investigating after four people were shot outside of a Bridgeport courthouse on Monday afternoon.

Police said that at around 12:15 p.m., the city’s ShotSpotter system picked up gunfire at the Golden Hill Courthouse at 172 Golden Hill St. At least 20 shots were fired.

The courthouse was placed on lockdown before state marshals evacuated the building.

According to the office of Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, four individuals were shot while sitting in a car outside of the courthouse.

Officials said that an assailant driving by in a car shot at the four individuals who were sitting in the stopped vehicle. Three of the victims then ran out of the car that was shot at and into the courthouse for cover.

The fourth person shot was in the driver’s seat of the stopped vehicle and was found outside near the car injured.

(Photo: Ethan Fry)

“I came from the second floor from the office that I work at and when I found myself downstairs I found three wounded males ages 18, 19, 20 in front of the lobby of the courthouse,” a court worker told News 8.

“I helped out with napkins because there was a lot of blood everywhere,” he said, adding that one of the men “had blood all over the face.”

All four victims were taken to St. Vincent’s and Bridgeport Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two of the victims suffered serious injuries, while the other two were minor.

The statement from Mayor Ganim’s office also stressed that the shooting was not a random act, and it is not an active shooter situation.

Police said that they believe the shooting was targeted and is possibly related to a homicide that occurred in the city on Sunday night.

“We’re struggling with ongoing disputes between juvenile groups throughout the city who are using gun violence to resolve their problems,” said Captain Brian Fitzgerald of the Bridgeport Police Department.

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Police said that they have three suspects were custody in connection with the shooting and are now actively pursuing the car involved.

They are being charged with offenses unrelated to the shooting outside the courthouse.

Asante Gaines was charged with breach of peace and interfering with police. Destine Calderon, 23, was charged with motor vehicle violations and interfering with police. Marquis Israel, 23, was charged with drug offenses and interfering with police. All three made bond and were released.

Asante Gaines, Destine Calderon, and Marquis Israel (from left to right) Credit: Bridgeport PD

They all remain persons of interest in this case.

“We do not tolerate anything like this in the city of Bridgeport, and we will not,” said Chief Perez. “Tonight this city is going to be locked down and we’re going to protect the good people that live in this city and we will not tolerate this type of behavior.”

“Effective immediately deploy troopers on the streets of Bridgeport 24 hours a day, at least for the next few days,” said CT State Police’s Brian Foley. “This is an effort to stem any further retaliation and promote de-escalation”

Anyone with information is asked to call Bridgeport police at (203) 576-TIPS.

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