Police: Bridgeport homicide sparked by ‘transaction gone bad’
BRIDGEPORT — During the first six weeks of the year, Bridgeport has seen five homicides — the most recent the death of a teen gunned down late Monday night.
Police are deep into the search for his killer.
Dyshon Williams, 19, was found shot to death around 10:45 p.m. Monday near Luis Munoz Marin School on Helen Street. Williams, who lived on Cowles Street in the city, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It looks like some kind of transaction gone bad,” said Police Chief Armando Perez Tuesday afternoon. “We’re working on it. Detectives are still out there talking to people.”
Perez said there are surveillance cameras in the area and that detectives are working on a number of leads but had no definitive suspects yet.
Monday, officers responded to the north parking lot of the school for a report of shots fired, according to a statement from police Tuesday.
Police Lt. Chris LaMaine said the officers first found numerous shell casings but no victims.
Instead, they found something else.
“There, they discovered the victim’s car, unoccupied,” police said.
Perez said preliminary investigation indicated that the victim was shot in his vehicle and apparently staggered away before he collapsed, police said.
Shortly after, the officers found Williams’s body near the fence on the north side of the school.
While Williams was the city’s fifth homicide this year, he was the fourth fatal shooting.
“The problem is there are just too many guys on the street with guns,” Perez said.
The department is working alongside ATF and Connecticut State Police to combat the problem of guns on the street, he said. He said Bridgeport police are planning for a gun buyback program this spring to help take some of the weapons out of circulation.
On Feb. 5, Sujata Lee Edwards, 36, died after being shot through a second story window in her residence on William Street. The day before, 28-year-old Eric Salters died from injuries he sustained during a shooting on Barnum Avenue on Jan. 26. Arrests have not been made in either case.
Eugene Rogers, 50, was the city’s second homicide of 2019; he was fatally shot on Jan. 27. Razzie Hancock, 39, was stabbed to death on Jan. 14. Arrests have been made in both of the deaths.
Anyone with information on Williams’s death is asked to contact Detective Martin Heanue at 203-581-5242 or call the Bridgeport police tip line at 203-576-8477.