5 charged in brazen shooting outside Connecticut courthouse

5 charged in brazen shooting outside Connecticut courthouse


BRIDGEPORT (AP) — Five gang members have been indicted in a brazen midday shooting outside a Connecticut courthouse that injured four rival gang members earlier this year, the U.S. attorney’s office announced.

Four of the men were arrested Thursday and the fifth was already in state custody on unrelated charges, U.S. Attorney John Durham said. All five were charged with attempted murder and assault with a dangerous weapon.

The victims were sitting in a Chevrolet Impala outside Bridgeport Superior Court on Golden Hill Street just after noon on Jan. 27 when someone in a passing SUV opened fire. According to the indictment, 23 bullets struck the car. One victim, Trevon Wright, was shot in the side of his chest and has been left paralyzed.

The indictment alleges that Marquis Israel, 24; Asante Gaines, 23; Destine Calderon, 25; Diomie Blackwell, 23; and Laheem Jones, 25, were members of the “Greene Home Boys” gang, also called the “Hots,” and were targeting rival gang members during a series of retaliatory shootings. Information on their attorneys wasn’t available.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Sundberg said the arrests resulted from around-the-clock investigative work by city, state and federal law enforcers “despite the ongoing challenges in our communities.” He added, “The alleged brazen violent acts by these individuals showed their blatant disregard for life of innocent people entering and exiting the courthouse.”

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