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2 Charged in Shooting That Killed 1, Injured 8

Trumbull Gardens residents say they’re pleased with the arrests, but want police to do more to stop the violence in their community. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015)

Bridgeport Police have arrested two suspects in the shooting at Trumbull Gardens Housing Project in June that killed one man and injured eight other people, including three women, on June 11.

Police have arrested Jamal “Moo Moo” Hamilton, 24, and Kevan “Web” Bennett, 24, who are both in prison on unrelated charges.

“For months, police officers and others have worked tirelessly to solve this heinous crime. Now we’re taking another step forward,” Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said.

Hamilton and Bennett had parked on Sunshine Circle, which is adjacent to the complex and split up.

Around 1 a.m. on June 11, the two men and other suspects who have not been identified ambushed the group gathered in the parking lot at 468 Trumbull Avenue, attacked from several positions and sprayed bullets on the crowd, police said.

Police who responded to the chaotic scene found six men and three women, between the ages of 27 and 59.

The man killed was identified as Savonnie McNeil, a 38-year-old father of three from Shelton. He was the nephew of a security officer, according to Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.

The injured included a school custodian and two sisters, as well as a a woman who was shot in the back by a stray bullet as she was taking a shower in her apartment, police said in June.

Hamilton and Web will appear in court today to face charges including murder, eight counts of assault in the first degree and weapons charges. They are being held on a $1 million bond.

“I want to thank all of the officers involved for their great work,” Police Chief Joseph Gaudett Jr. said. “I know there are those in the community who have been pushing for us to find justice in this case, but rest assured our officers have been putting in the time day-in-and-day-out since this tragic incident occurred. I’m proud of our department, and hope that kids and families across our city can sleep a little easier tonight.”

During a news conference after the shooting, Mayor Finch said he is "outraged" by the violence and called the shooting "senseless violence."

Weeks later,  a 26-year-old man was shot at the same complex.

Bridgeport Police added walking patrols to the housing project because of the shooting and opened a police substation. The city’s housing authority also installed cameras there.

There have been 10 homicides in the city of Bridgeport this year.
 

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