A man accused of robbing a group of people at gunpoint in Milford and shooting one of the victims in the neck is hospitalized after one of the victims shot back, according to police.
The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday in the parking garage at 1 New Haven Avenue.
Police said a group of people who had left Eli’s Tavern, at 21 Daniel Street, were walking into the parking garage when two men approached them and demanded their personal belongings.
One of the robbers pointed a handgun at the group and fired a shot in the neck of one of the victims, police said.
In self-defense, another victim grabbed his own licensed firearm and returned fire, striking one of the robbers, police said. The second person ran off.
Police said they recovered two firearms at the crime scene and the wounded suspect, identified as Rumone Richard, 23, of Bridgeport, and the victim were transported to a local hospital.
The victim was treated and later released. Richard is in serious condition and has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, four counts of criminal attempt to commit robbery in the first degree, conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degree, criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm and first-degree assault.
He is being held on a $500,000 bond.
Police are continuing to investigate and ask anyone with information about the case to call the Milford Police Department Detective Division at (203) 877-1465, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or submit a tip online.