Investigation continues into Bridgeport’s 5th homicide


City spokesman Brett Broesder said this morning that police are not releasing the name of the victim at this time.

The dead man, whose first name was Joe according to neighbors, was in his late 30s, slim with dreadlocks.

The city’s 5th homicide of the year occurred a day after Gov. Dannel Malloy, Mayor Bill Finch and police brass held a press conference to tout a sharp drop in the crime rate, and to announce state Youth Violence Prevention grants.

Read the Connecticut Post story on Bridgeport crime reductions here.



BRIDGEPORT — The yellow crime scene tape was gone from the scene of a Wednesday evening homicide, and detectives are examining forensic evidence recovered, including the victim’s Honda Civic.

There were no police at the scene Thursday morning, and none of the residents of the short, one-way street between Newfield and Seaview avenues were outside. A convenience store on the corner was closed, though a light was on in the rear of the business.

Police have not yet released the name of the victim in the city’s fifth homicide of 2014.  A Bridgeport man in his late 30s was shot to death while inside his vehicle just before 9 p.m., police said.

When officers arrived at the East End location near Newfield Park they found the victim had been shot in the back of the head. Attempts by medics to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, sources said.

Cops cordoned off the streets where family and friends gathered. Sobs could be heard as family members–  who declined to speak to reporters– mourned the man.

Residents identified him by first name only, as “Joe,” and said that he owned a local car detailing and rim shop.

Axel Shaw, 20, a local resident said he had seen the victim earlier on Wednesday and described him as being “in his usual laid back mellow mood.”

Shaw said he played chess with the victim only two weeks ago in the park when the man who was killed Wednesday had talked about moving down south.

“He was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Daniel Vasquez, another resident.

Other residents said he was a father of two who was a good guy and not involved in trouble.

“He was my best friend for 14-years and always there for me,” said a woman who declined to give her name. “He was a good person, not in a gang or anything.”

Other residents said the nearby park is known for drug sales.

Officers were seen at a nearby grocery store reviewing camera footage late Wednesday night.

Frank Juliano