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Police: Two Shot in Norwalk; One Has Died

Updated, 12:20 a.m. Wednesday

NORWALK, Conn. – A teenaged motor scooter rider was shot to death Tuesday evening on Fort Point Street, Norwalk Police say. His companion suffered non-life threatening injuries in the drive-by shooting, Lt. Timothy Murphy said in a press release. Two suspects were apprehended in Fairfield by Connecticut State Police, who spotted the suspect vehicle on Interstate 95, Murphy said. The suspects were arrested and charged in the crime.

The shooting occurred at about 5:35 p.m. on Fort Point Street between Van Zant Street and Seaview Avenue, Murphy said. Two gunshot victims were taken to Norwalk Hospital. The 19-year-old victim was subsequently pronounced dead, Murphy said. An 18-year-old victim was admitted to the hospital.

Witnesses said both victims were male. The man who died had been shot in the neck, witnesses said. His identity will be released pending notification of next of kin.

Witnesses described a white minivan as the suspect vehicle, Lt. Paul Vinett said. Police immediately broadcast the description to surrounding police departments via a hotline, Murphy said. State Police almost immediately spotted a vehicle matching the description, heading north on I-95 in the area of Exit 18, Murphy said.

The suspect vehicle got off at Exit 19 and was stopped on Center Street in Fairfield, Murphy said. Two suspects were taken into custody and turned over to Norwalk Police, who arrested them for the shooting, based on recovered evidence and investigative leads. Both were found to be in the possession of cocaine.

Kyle Freitag, 21, of Milford (formerly of Norwalk) and Terrance J. Baxter, 22, of Norwak (identified by Murphy as the driver of the suspect mini-van) are being charged with numerous violations, including murder and conspiracy to commit murder, according to the release. Formal charges will be released sometime Wednesday morning.

Freitag was a close friend of Amos Brown, Jr., a 2010 murder victim, police said.

Original story:

NORWALK, Conn. – Two motor scooter riders were shot Tuesday evening as they rode down Fort Point Street, Norwalk Police say. One victim has “very serious,” “life-threatening” wounds, while the other has non life-threatening injuries, Lt. Paul Vinett said. Two people are in custody in the incident as they were apprehended within minutes by Connecticut State Police on Interstate 95.

Police were initially confused at 5:35 p.m. as two reports came in to the dispatch center, Vinett said. It became apparent that the shots fired call and the motorcycle accident with injury were one in the same event, Vinett said.

Witnesses described a white minivan as the suspect vehicle, he said. State Police found the vehicle about 17 minutes later on I-95 Northbound, he said. Police also found a handgun in the vehicle, he said.

Police were not releasing any information on the victims or the suspects at 8:30 p.m., but Vinett said a press release was forthcoming. Check back for more info.

 

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