Bridgeport police: Homicide victim not the intended target
Updated 7:43 pm, Thursday, August 24, 2017
BRIDGEPORT — The man shot to death Thursday morning along Sixth Street probably wasn’t the intended victim, police said, but just a guy who happened to be there, working on his car.
Cadell Moore, 34, of Connecticut Avenue in Bridgeport, was shot in the head at about 11 a.m. in front of houses in the 50 block of Sixth Street, police spokesman Av Harris said.
The victim’s mother, Pamela Moore, is the legal assistant for Bridgeport attorney Edward Gavin, who said the killing — Bridgeport’s 19th homicide this year — was heartbreaking.
“He was just a good guy, a good father who was just stopped there changing the spark plugs on his car when these kids with guns came up to shoot up a house,” Gavin said. “Moore was totally innocent.”
Police did not confirm Gavin’s account of the shooting, which happened along Sixth Street, between Stratford and Connecticut avenues.
But Harris said, “It does not appear that Moore was the intended target.”
After he was shot, Moore was taken by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital, Harris said, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“This is now a homicide investigation,” Harris said.
Police ask anyone with information to contact the Bridgeport Detective Bureau at 203-576-TIPS. Police personnel remained on scene on Sixth Street well into Thursday afternoon. At around 2:20 p.m., an officer began to pick up the crime-scene markers and take down some of the tape.
A man who lives on Sixth Street but did not wish to be identified said he heard several shots just before 11 a.m.
“I came outside and saw him, saw the blood,” the man said, shaking his head.
He said police arrived shortly thereafter and the street was blocked off.
Two people who stood at the crime-scene tape at the intersection of Stratford Avenue and Sixth Street had their vehicles parked on the street near the shooting and were unable to move them during the preliminary investigation.
Several passersby appeared upset by word of another homicide in the city. One woman questioned when a police post would be stationed in the area.
A Stratford resident who said he lived for several years on Bunnell Street in Bridgeport — just one block over from Thursday’s fatal shooting — said he was numb to such news.
“I don’t like to see this,” he said, motioning to the crime-scene tape. “It’s sad this happened, but I’m not surprised.”
The homicide was the second shooting incident in the neighborhood in less than 24 hours. At about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, a 26-year-old Bridgeport man with a gunshot wound to the leg was dropped off at Bridgeport Hospital, Harris said. An update on his condition was unavailable Thursday.
It’s unclear if that man was the target of the attack that wounded him, or whether it was related to Thursday morning’s homicide.
“He would only say he was on his porch on Newfield Avenue,” Harris said of Wednesday night’s victim.