Bridgeport PD looking to ID man connected to homicide
BRIDGEPORT — The city police department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man they say is connected to a homicide back in January that happened in broad daylight.
Eric Salters, 28, of New Haven, was initially in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital after being shot multiple times around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. He was shot near the New England Tractor Trailer Training School at 510 Barnum Ave., where he was a student.
Now, roughly a month later, the Bridgeport Police Detective Bureau is hoping for the public’s help to identify a man captured on surveillance footage in an apartment building on Canal Street in Shelton carrying a backpack. Capt. Brian Fitzgerald, head of the Detective Bureau, said the man in the video is “connected to the homicide of Eric Salters.”
The second man in the video, seen carrying a cane, has already been identified, Fitzgerald said. It was unclear if this man is also connected to the Jan. 26 homicide.
“The evidence indicates that when he (the victim) went to his car during class, he was confronted by a lone gunman, who opened fire on him without provocation,” a statement from Lt. Christopher LaMaine the day of the shooting said. “(He) was struck multiple times, including once in the head.”
Salters underwent immediate surgery at Bridgeport Hospital and was in critical condition. LaMaine said at the time that the motive for the shooting was unclear.
Though the police chief expressed hope Salters would survive the shooting, Salters died on Monday, Feb. 4 at the hospital.
Anyone who can help police identify the man or has any information on the homicide is asked to contact Detective Jorge Cintron at 203-581-5227 or call the anonymous Bridgeport police tip line at 203-576-TIPS.