Bridgeport police have arrested the man who they say might have been planning retaliation for yesterday’s fatal shooting on Reservoir Avenue.
Jalil Hill, 28, was arrested on gun charges after police received a tip that he had a gun and wanted revenge for the death of 26-year-old Christopher Pettway, who was shot and killed Tuesday outside the T Mart on Reservoir Avenue.
Officers tracked him down at the PT Barnum housing complex shortly after midnight and followed Hill onto Interstate 95 after he drove off. He was pulled over and arrested on the side of the highway, according to police.
Police said they went back and searched the driving route and discovered a .40-caliber handgun in the grass on Wordin Avenue. They believe the handgun belonged the Hill.
Hill was charged with criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle and carrying pistol without a permit.
Several other people were injured in yesterday’s shooting, including Juwan Edwards, Aijaholn Tisdane, Leroy Shaw and Tamir Hamilton. All received non-life threatening injuries.
Just blocks away and hours later, another person was shot in the leg. The victim, Sean Lawrence, told police he was good friends with Pettway.
Lawrence was shot around 3:30 a.m. in the area of Reservoir and City View avenues.
Witnesses reported seeing a car drive off after the shooting, according to police.