Bridgeport Police Seek Public's Help in Identifying Homicide Suspect

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    Bridgeport police detectives are seeking the public's help in identifying a suspected shooter in a homicide that happened Sunday afternoon that marks the sixth homicide of the year.

    Ryan Hernandez, 21, of Bridgeport was shot in the chest and killed in the 1300 block of Park Avenue near the Olive Street intersection, police said.

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    Police released surveillance video footage of the area that shows an altercation between two men police identified as the suspected shooter and Hernandez. In the video, the suspect approaches Hernandez with what appears to be a gun in hand and the two argue.  The suspect takes a swing at Hernandez with his weapon and then backs behind a car as Hernandez walks toward him. The men continue to argue and they go off-camera when the individual identified as Hernandez lunges after the suspect. Then the video shows the suspect fleeing into a car stopped in the road for the duration of the incident. The car drives away once the suspect is inside as a third man runs after the car. A man then partially visible in the edge of the camera frame falls to the ground in the area where Hernandez ran off-screen after the suspect.

    Witnesses also told police they observed a confrontation between the victim and another man before gunfire broke out. The suspected shooter took off as a passenger in a vehicle police described as a "dark-colored sedan" that was also carrying other people.

    Hernandez was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, but was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

    Detectives are reviewing security video footage that could identify any suspects or the getaway vehicle.

    Police ask anyone with information to contact Det. Robert Winkler at 203-581-5224.

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