Man arrested in connection with April shootout in Connecticut

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BRIDGEPORT — A 25-year-old local man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a shootout last month that left him and another person injured, police said.

Elijah M. Vines was charged with assault, weapons violations and other offenses following an investigation into the April 8 gunfire at a BP gas station on Fairfield Avenue, according to the Bridgeport Police Department.

Officers had responded to the station at 11:20 p.m. after receiving multiple ShotSpotter alerts and calls from citizens reporting shots fired.

They found evidence of a shootout and secured the area, calling in detectives.

Vines later showed up at a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg, police said.

He was identified as a participant in the shooting.

Detective Aaron Rivera, who led the investigation, gathered evidence and witness statements over the following weeks.

On April 25, Rivera obtained an arrest warrant for Vines, charging him with criminal attempt – assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a firearm, illegal discharge of a firearm, and reckless endangerment.

The U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force and local patrol officers located Vines on May 9 in the city’s South End.

He was taken into custody without incident, processed at the police department, and held on a $350,000 bond.

Vines was arraigned at Bridgeport Superior Court the next day.

The investigation remains active, and authorities are encouraging anyone with additional information to contact Detective Rivera at 203-581-5179.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the Bridgeport Police Tips Line at 203-576-TIPS.

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