BRIDGEPORT — Police said mourners dove for cover as a teenager fired multiple shots at them from his car Sunday afternoon.
No one in the group, gathered at a memorial for a recent murder victim, reported any injuries, police said.
Treyvon Rabb, who was free on bond on a litany of charges at the time, including robbery, burglary and larceny, was later arrested by Derby police.
The 19-year-old Derby resident was charged with attempted first-degree assault, illegally firing a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, possession of weapons in a motor vehicle and possession of a pistol without a permit.
Police said it was the latest act of violence as rival groups of young men try to flex their muscle in the city. In the past two weeks, two people have been shot to death and a half dozen others wounded.
“We are doing everything we can to stop this surge in violence,” Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said.
Perez said they are working with state police and community activists to try and get the violence under control. On Monday, the police chief said he was meeting with the federally-funded law enforcement initiative Project Longevity.
Police said at about noon on Sunday, several people were gathered around the memorial for Eugene “Stink” Stinson, 18, on Anthony Street in the P.T. Barnum housing project. A dark-colored Chrysler sedan slowly drove by the memorial and the driver leaned out and began firing at the mourners, police said. The car then sped off.
Police said ShotSpotter recorded five gunshots.
A description of the vehicle was circulated to nearby departments and about an hour later, Derby Police alerted Bridgeport they had located the car.
Police said Rabb was the driver and sole occupant in the car when it was stopped in Derby. Inside they found several spent bullet casings as well as a bag of marijuana and a jar containing THC concentrate. No gun was recovered.
Police said Rabb admitted he had been in Bridgeport earlier but denied he had been in the area of the memorial.
During Rabb’s arraignment Monday afternoon, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Edward Lee Miller urged Superior Court Judge Alex Hernandez to set a high bond for Rabb, pointing out Rabb was already free on $50,000 bond on the other pending charges.
“The state is concerned he is a risk to the community,” Miller said.
“If the allegations are correct, he showed an indifference to the suffering of other people,” the judge said, ordering Rabb held in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Stinson was shot as he drove by the housing project. Wounded, he continued to drive a short distance before crashing on Fairfield Avenue, police said.
Two memorials were set up, one where it was believed he was shot and the other where he crashed.
The investigation into Stinson’s death is ongoing.