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Police: Guns seized, 3 arrested in Stratford shootings

Connecticut Post logo Connecticut Post 12/8/2021 By Tara O'Neill
Police say there are some of the items seized during recent arrests during an investigation into two shooting incidents in Stratford, Conn. © Provided by Connecticut Post

Police say there are some of the items seized during recent arrests during an investigation into two shooting incidents in Stratford, Conn.

STRATFORD — Two weapons were seized, including a ghost gun, and three individuals were arrested during an investigation into two recent shootings in town, according to police.

Stratford detectives on Wednesday, with the help of the Bridgeport Police Task Force and Fairfield County Auto Theft Task Force, made arrests following an investigation into two shootings in the area of Priscilla Lane and Gregory Circle in Stratford in late September and early October.

Stratford detectives identified the alleged shooter as 19-year-old David Caldwell, of Bridgeport, police said on Thursday. Detectives learned that Caldwell allegedly shot at two groups of youths in two separate incidents.

There were no injuries from either shooting reported, but police said occupied homes and vehicles were hit by bullets.


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During the investigation, Caldwell at one point was in a pursuit with task force officers, where he allegedly tossed a 9mm handgun, police said. The investigation led to a total of three arrests. Three guns were seized, including a ghost gun, as well as a large amount of crack cocaine and ammunition, police said.

Caldwell was charged with three counts of carrying a firearm without a permit, two counts of criminal attempt at first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, three counts of weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of a high-capacity magazine, illegal transfer of a firearm, engaging officers in a pursuit and reckless driving. Police said his bond was set at $1 million.

Jovanni Quinones, 18, of Stratford, and 20-year-old Xavier Santos, of Bridgeport, were also arrested during the course of the investigation, police said.

Quinones was charged with weapon in a motor vehicle, altered serial number on a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and illegal transfer of a firearm.

Santos was charged with weapon in a motor vehicle, altered serial number on a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal transfer of a firearm, possession of crack with intent to sell and possession of a high-capacity magazine.

They were each released after posting $75,000 bonds.

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