Bridgeport Man Arrested for Shooting Neighbor: Police

By Ari Mason
|  Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013  |  Updated 5:34 PM EDT
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Man Arrested for Shooting Neighbor: Police

Bridgeport Police Department

Ernest Morales is accused of shooting his neighbor on Clarence Street in Bridgeport.

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A Bridgeport man is accused of opening fire in a Clarence Street home and shooting his neighbor in the left cheek.

Ernest Morales, 22, of 42 Clarence Street, allegedly fired several shots inside neighbor's home Sunday night. One bullet struck 31-year-old Joseph Vernon in the left cheek, police said.

The victim was taken to Bridgeport Hospital and transferred to Yale-New Haven. His condition is unknown.

Morales was arrested in a traffic stop Monday when officers recognized him as the shooting suspect, police said.

He was cooperative and told officers, "I was just going to turn myself in," according to police.

Morales was charged with first-degree assault and criminal attempt at first-degree assault.

He was held on a $500,000 bond.

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