Man held for shooting at men on Knapps Green
Published 7:22 am, Thursday, July 22, 2010
A Fairfield man is charged with firing several BB gun shots at two young men Tuesday evening, after arguing with them about 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 by driving cars with loud mufflers, and blaring rap music, police said.
Morawski then drove home, retrieved a weapon, 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, police said.
The two males, who thought Morawski had fired a BB gun, called police to the park and identified the alleged shooter to officers. At Morawski's house, officers arrested him in the garage without incident. Police said the officers confiscated a BB gun, a .22 long rifle, as well as a .357 Magnum and a Magnum 45.
Police first reported that the rifle was the weapon used, but a subsequent investigation revealed that the BB gun appears to have been the weapon fired.
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.
Morawski was originally held in lieu of a $100,000 bond. That was lowered to $35,000 at his arraignment Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.
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