Man held for shooting at men on Knapps Green
Published 12:04 pm, Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A Fairfield man is charged with firing several rifle shots at two young men Tuesday evening, after arguing with the men the noise their cars made driving through his neighborhood.
Richard Morawski, 42, of 68 Beacon View Drive, was charged with first-degree criminal attempt to commit assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, breach of peace and unlawful discharge of a firearm.
Police said Morawski spotted the young men -- 18 and 20 years old -- as he drove past Knapps Green, a small park on Beacon View Drive, shortly before 7 p.m.
He became embroiled in an argument with them, claiming they have disturbed the neighborhood in their cars with loud mufflers and blaring rap music, police said.
Morawski then drove home, retrieved a .22 long rife, returned to the park through woods, and fired at least two shots in the men's direction, according to police. He may have fired two more rounds, said police, who are still investigating the incident.
The two males, who initially thought Morawski had fired a BB gun, called police to the park and identified the alleged shooter to officers. At Morawski's home, officers arrested him in the garage without incident. The officers confiscated the .22 rifle, as well as three other handguns -- a .357 Magnum, a .22 caliber, and a Magnum 4.5 caliber, police said. Officers said they did not find a BB gun.
Morawski was held in lieu of $100,000 and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Detectives are investigating whether Morawski was in legal possession of the firearms found in his home. They're also trying to determine the number of shots fired and what they may have hit.
Police ask that anyone with more information about the incident contact Sgt. Suzanne Lussier at 203-254-4829 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.