Police Make 3 Arrests in Connection of Norwich Teen Girl Shot in Foot | NBC Connecticut

Police Make 3 Arrests in Connection of Norwich Teen Girl Shot in Foot

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    Since Wednesday, Norwich police have made three arrests in the shooting that sent a 14-year-old girl to W.W. Backus Hospital with an injured foot.

    Just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, police received 911 calls reporting gunshots being fired at 35 Ward St. in Norwich and found a 14-year-old resident who had been shot in the foot.

    Police obtained warrants to arrest Joseph Ortiz, 20, of New London, Damingo Cooper, 21, and a 17-year-old.

    Police said the shooting was not a random act. It was the result of a prior incident between Ortiz and a resident of 35 Ward St., police said. The 14-year-old victim was an innocent bystander.

    Ortiz was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree assault with a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm and second-degree criminal mischief.

    Ortiz was held on a $200,000 bond pending arraignment before Norwich Superior Court GA 21 on Thursday.

    On Thursday, police arrested Cooper, and charged him with second-degree assault with a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge of a firearm and second-degree criminal mischief.

    The 17-year-old was arrested on Thursday and charged with second-degree accessory to assault with a firearm, first-degree accessory to reckless endangerment and second-degree accessory to criminal mischief.

    Cooper was arraigned on a $150,000 bond before Norwich Superior Court GA 21. The 17-year-old is being held on a $75,000 bond pending arraignment before Norwich Superior Court GA 21 on Monday, Jan. 3, 2010.

    Police anticipate no further arrests regarding this incident.

    The victim was treated at the W.W. Backus Hospital in Norwich and later released.