NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) – A Norwich man is arrested following a shooting in the downtown section of the city on Thursday.
The Norwich Police Department responded to Main Street at Franklin for a report of shots fired. A suspect fled the scene with a firearm, though he was quickly apprehended and arrested. The suspect, 18-year-old Jamel Pires, is believed to be the perpetrator of the shooting, police said.
Police said the shooting started as a physical altercation which escalated into an assault with a firearm. Two victims, who sustained gunshot wounds, were located shortly after police arrived. Police said were both transported to William Backus Hospital for treatment and released.
Pires was charged with criminal attempt of murder, two counts of assault, reckless endangerment in the first degree, unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of a pistol without a permit, and criminal use of a firearm. He was held on a $750,000 cash surety bond and is due in court Friday.
Lieutenant Anthony Gomes said this was a targeted shooting and there is no danger to the general public at this time. Police are still looking for a car that fled the scene shortly after the shooting for questioning. The suspected car is a Black 2021 Nissan Rogue Enterprise rental with CT Registration “BC98410” that has a smashed driver-side window. The driver is a black man.
Norwich Superior Court on Courthouse Square was placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon, according to a clerk. The clerk did not disclose what caused the lockdown, though the building was closed for around two hours.
The court has since reopened.
Oak Street, as well as the rotary in Franklin Square, are shut down while police investigate the incident.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to contact Detective Richard Cannata at (860) 886-5561 or call the NPD Tip Line at (860) 886-5561 EXT. 4.
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