Man Shoots Through Floor Into Grocery Store: Cops

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013  |  Updated 2:06 PM EDT
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Man Shoots Through Floor Into Grocery Store: Cops

West Haven Police

Stephen Jenkins was picked up on two warrants.

West Haven police have arrested a New Haven man accused of shooting a gun in his girlfriend’s apartment, sending a bullet through the floor and into the grocery store below, and leading police on a pursuit.

On Monday, police picked Stephen Jenkins, 26, up on two outstanding warrants.

He is accused of discharging a firearm into the floor of his girlfriend’s second-floor apartment on March 19 or 20, police said.

The apartment is above a store at 80 Gilbert St. and the bullet appeared to have been shot through the hardwood floor and into the ceiling of the grocery store below, then into the cement in the basement area below the store, police said. No one was injured.

Police said they also learned that on March 21 Jenkins was getting into a vehicle seen near Gilbert Street that led police on a short pursuit into New Haven, where he crashed into a vehicle and fled.

Jenkins was not found at that time.

One warrant charges him with for criminal possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm and risk of injury to a child.

A second warrant is for reckless endangerment first-degree, criminal possession of a weapon, improper use of a marker plate, operating without insurance, failure to renew registration, disobeying signal of officer, engaging police in pursuit and reckless driving. Both warrants held a $75,000 bond each.

Jenkins will be extradited to Colonial Heights Virginia for a felony probation violation.

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