Photo: Ortiz Boxing Gym / Contributed Photo
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BRIDGEPORT — In less than 24 hours, two people were fatally shot in the city.
Gunfire claimed the life of the city’s 15th and 16th homicide victims nearly 12 hours apart in different areas of the city Thursday.
Shortly before 8 p.m., police were dispatched to the 600 block of Union Avenue for a report of shots fired, according to Capt. Brian Fitzgerald.
Officers arrived and found family members trying to get the gunshot wound victim to the hospital. Fitzgerald identified the victim late Thursday night as 27-year-old Raymond Sierra.
The patrol units helped Sierra’s family drive him to Bridgeport Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Detectives processed a crime scene on Union Avenue and are working to identify the shooter, Fitzgerald said.
Ortiz Boxing Gym, where Sierra was a regular, posted a brief tribute to the fallen boxer on Facebook Thursday night, sharing more than a dozen photos of him from matches and with friends.
“R.I.P. Raymond Sierra aka Hollywood,” the post said. “Our condolences to his family.”
Sierra’s death marked not just the city’s 16th homicide of 2020, but also the second deadly shooting on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, shortly after 8 a.m., city police responded to several 911 calls about shots fired in Black Rock, in the area of Fox Street and Canfield Avenue.
Fitzgerald said arriving officers found a 44-year-old man slumped over the wheel of a vehicle after it had crashed into a tree. The victim was found suffering from two apparent gunshot wounds to the chest, Fitzgerald said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Thursday morning shooting marked the city’s 15th homicide of the year. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Anyone with information on Raymond Sierra’s homicide is asked to call Detective Cintron at 203-581-5227 or the tips line at 203-576-TIPS.
Anyone with information on the city’s 15th homicide is asked to call Detective Winkler at 203-581-5224 or the tips line at 203-576-TIPS.
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