Man Charged in Shooting of Teen Outside Wallingford Liquor Store

Police said they went to a rehab hospital after doing an Internet search.

Wallingford police have arrested a Hamden man in connection with the shooting of a teen outside a liquor store in Wallingford on Thursday, May 5.

Wayne Bradbury, 31, whose last known address was in Hamden, is accused of shooting a 19-year-old Milford resident in the stomach and police said the victim met up with him outside the Connecticut Beverage Mart, at 1070 North Colony Road, to buy drugs.

The victim called 911 at 8:56 p.m. that night from the parking lot of 57 Hall Road, Cook Hill Elementary School and police responded to find him with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The victim was then transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Before calling 911, the teen and 18-year-old from Bridgeport he was with did an internet search for a hospital and went to Gaylord Hospital, believing he could get treatment there, but the specialty care hospital for people with long-term and chronic conditions turned them away.

Police have been investigating and said Bradbury tried to steal money from the victim, shot the teen and fled in a white BMW sedan.

Police found Bradbury around 5 p.m. on Monday as he was leaving the Comfort Inn in Meriden and took him into custody.

Detectives determined that Bradbury’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Melissa Farmer, of Plainville, had rented the motel room and found more than four and ¼ ounces of cocaine, packaging materials and digital scales during a search of the room, police said.

Bradbury was charged with assault in the first degree, criminal attempt at robbery in the first degree, and criminal possession of a firearm.

He was detained on a $500,000 bond and is due in court on May 23. He was also charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and was held on a separate $250,000.00 bond for this charge.

Farmer was charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and was detained on a $25,000. She is due in Meriden Superior Court on May 23.

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