Toddler shot by stray bullet inside Bridgeport home

May 2, 2012 1:16:33 PM PDT
There is outrage in a Connecticut community today after a 3-year-old was shot during a drive-by shooting.

Now, the mayor, police and especially parents are making a plea for peace.

Sandra Naraboine today lowered her bed below the window sill.

"So if I'm laying in bed now i don't have to worry about a bullet coming in and hitting me in the head," she said.

Believe it or not, that's a legitimate concern after what happened Monday afternoon.

Police say gunmen in a gang related shooting unloaded multiple gunshots from a moving vehicle near the corner of Poplar street and Maplewood avenue on Bridgeport's west side. One of the bullets struck a three-year-old girl who was standing on the corner with her mom. She remains hospitalized in good condition. She was hit in the buttocks. Other shots hit Naraboine's front porch and her son's car.

"I don't feel safe. I'm uncomfortable being here. And i usually sit on the porch," she said.

Investigators believe multiple guns were used in the shooting.

"We have another victim. He was shot in the hand. We believe he may have been the intended target," said Bridgeport chief Joseph Gaudett Jr.

The gunfire erupted just outside an elementary school where today police provided extra security. Dozens of kids and parents were nearby at the time of the shooting. City leaders really want and need people to come forward with information. The mayor and police chief have already reached out to the governor's office for some assistance.

"We will be holding a community forum in the next couple of weeks to pull prosecutors and judges and police and clergy together and figure out how we can do a better job because this can't happen again," said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch.

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