Police: Man shot while struggling with intruders

The man who was shot in the head during a robbery in his Pond Street home late Tuesday night was specifically targeted, police said.

Geraldo Costa, 33, is in critical but stable condition in St. Vincent’s Medical Center at midday on Wednesday.

Costa was shot in the head during an apparent struggle with intruders inside his home, and cash was taken, said William Kaempffer, the Bridgeport police spokesman. “It is believed that the house was specifically targeted and that the incident was not random,” he said.

Police responding to the scene saw several people fleeing the area and pursued them, Kaempffer said. Officers lost sight of them after the suspects jumped into a brook. “An extensive search was conducted by the patrol division with the assistance of the Bridgeport Fire Department using thermal imaging devices,” the spokesman said in a prepared release. “The suspects were not located.”

Detectives Dennis Martinez, Artur Calvao and Kenneth McKenna are leading the investigation.

Frank Juliano