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Stamford Teen Charged In Shooting That Sent Bullet Into Home

Capt. Richard Conklin said a 17-year-old Stamford resident was charged with firing a shot in the city.
Capt. Richard Conklin said a 17-year-old Stamford resident was charged with firing a shot in the city. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford police arrested a 17-year-old following a shooting Wednesday that sent a bullet through the wall of a home on Ludlow Street.

Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said luckily no one was injured during the shooting, which took place on Ludlow and Cedar streets about 9 p.m.

He credits the quick work of a patrol officer on duty in the area with preventing anyone from getting hurt, and the quick arrest of a suspect.

"Luckily Officer Wayne James heard the shot and immediately called for backup," he said. "We were able to get the patrol and investigative division there quickly."

James was on patrol in the area due to a recent upswing of violence in the West End area, Conklin added.

The teen, a familiar face to police, was spotted by Sgt. Sean MCGowan walking with a group of other men when he noticed him throw something on the ground, Conklin said.

Responding officers found a firearm, a Taurus .380 semiautomatic handgun, that had been reported stolen in Louisburg, N.C., in the area where the teen had thrown something.

A search of the teen turned up a spent bullet cartridge, and a total of 11 shells were found in the area of the shootings.

"Thank goodness for the quick actions by James and Sgt. McGowan," he said.

Conklin also said residents in the area were "very" helpful in offering information to officers on scene. In addition, the department received several phone calls with information.

"That's very unusual for this area," he said. "It's very refreshing to have help from the public that helps us cutdown on the amount of crime in the area. They are a very important part of the solution."

The Stamford resident was charged with possession of a pistol without a permit and possession of a stolen firearm. He is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center in Bridgeport, Conklin said.

Conklin said because the gun was stolen the department would be checking it against other crimes in the area, and across the country.

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