Update: Ansonia Police Investigate Shooting

Photo: Eugene DriscollAnsonia police said a 21-year-old man is in critical condition after being shot at the corner of Fourth and North Main streets Wednesday.

The victim was identified Thursday morning as Carneggy Lamothe, of Bridgeport.

He was shot in the torso and leg, according to a prepared statement from Ansonia Police Lt. Andrew Cota, the department’s spokesman.

The shooting happened at about 8:20 p.m.

A suspect hasn’t been identified, police said.

After the shooting, police surrounded the scene and also swarmed on nearby Smith Street, but the shooter wasn’t found.

“A vehicle that was seen fleeing the area was stopped a short distance away from Fourth Street. The occupants were identified and released from the scene,” Cota said.

“We are asking that anyone who may have been a witness to the shooting to please contact the Ansonia Police Department at 203-735-1885 and ask for Detective Stephen Adcox,” Cota said.

Original post from Wednesday follows:

One man was shot standing outside a mini-mart at the corner of Fourth and North Main streets Wednesday.

The man, who may have been in his 20s, was taken by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Ansonia police released no new information overnight into Thursday, though TV news is reported late Wednesday the victim was shot in the chest.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m.

“We received a report of an argument of some sort outside on the corner,” Ansonia police Lt. Andrew Cota said a few minutes after arriving on the scene.

“There were shots fired and we have one male victim who was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment,” he said.

As of 9:30 p.m. police were not certain on the victim’s condition.

It was not clear how many times the person was shot.

“They just got him down to Yale a few minutes ago,” Cota said.

Police could be seen dropping evidence markers on the ground on the side of the minimart at 147 N. Main St.

North Main Street, a busy road, was closed from Fourth to Third streets.

There was a minivan-type vehicle parked just outside the crime tape, but Cota said he didn’t think it was involved.

A description of a suspect or a suspect’s vehicle wasn’t available as of 9:30 p.m.

“There are some vehicles we are looking for that may have witnessed what happened, but I don’t have a suspect’s vehicle at this point,” Cota said.

Doing It Local, citing emergency radio transmissions, reported the victim was shot in the leg.

Police will release more information once they canvass the area and conduct more interviews.

A woman who lived nearby said loitering is a problem at that corner and that she doesn’t shop at that particular store because of the large number of people blocking the sidewalk.

The map below shows the approximate location of the shooting, labeled as “Brothers Mini Mart,” though the store no longer carries that name.


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