The latest homicide -- the city's 14th of the year -- came as police continue to investigate two weekend shootings that left a 15-year-old girl and a 30-year-old restaurant owner dead.
Keijahnae "Nu Nu" Robinson, 15, was shot to death on the porch of a Brooks Street home around 2 a.m. Saturday, police said. Two hours earlier, the owner of a Wood Avenue Chinese restaurant, Min Le Zhao, was killed during an apparent robbery attempt.
City and state officials, joined by community leaders and Robinson's family, held a news conference Monday evening at police headquarters to address the recent gun violence.
"This community has been rocked," Mayor Bill Finch said at the news conference. "We need to redouble our efforts to attack this disease of gun violence that we are experiencing."
Police responded Monday around 1:30 p.m. to East Main Street, outside the All-Star Barber Shop, near Seymour Street, to a report of gunfire. A shooting victim found there was pronounced dead at the scene by EMTs, police said.
Police Chief Joseph Gaudett said Monday's shooting doesn't appear to be connected to the weekend homicides.
"It was a very deliberate act; it wasn't random," he said. "The victim was targeted and the perpetrator was highly motivated."
Police said the shooter left the scene. A description of him was not immediately available. Witnesses said they heard five gunshots before the man ran from the area.
Gaudett said detectives have been "working relentlessly," to explore leads in the two recent homicides.
"The detective bureau is second to none," Gaudett said. "(The shooters) will be brought to justice."
On Wood Avenue, police said two men approached Zhao and his wife as they closed their restaurant and walked to their nearby apartment. When the men tried to steal a bag from Zhao, he resisted and one of the men shot him in the chest, police said. Zhao later died at Bridgeport Hospital.
Gaudett said Monday there were other street robberies in the area recently, and detectives are looking into a connection between them.
On Wednesday two city men were arrested after a chase and accused of robbing a laundromat on Wood Avenue, not far from where Zhao was killed, police said
Four other men believed to be involved in the robbery got away, according to a police incident report.
Thomas Walker, 21, of Brothwell Street, and Kenneth Wright, 21, of Austin Street, were both charged with first-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy, breach of peace, and interfering with police in the incident, according to court records. They were held on $50,000 bond.
Gaudett said some more information came in Monday about the Brooks Street homicide, and police are looking into it. They encourage anyone with information to tell police.
Police said Robinson and two other teens, who both survived, were shot by two men as they sat on the porch of her aunt's house following a Sweet 16 party at the White Eagle Club.
Robinson suffered a gunshot wound to the head and died Saturday evening at Bridgeport Hospital, police said. She was a student at Bullard-Havens Technical High School, focusing on graphic design, her mother, Dashon, said Monday.
"She was a good girl. She never got in trouble and was always happy," Dashon Robinson said, proclaiming that she will make it her mission to find her daughter's killer.
"Some animals saw a group of little girls and decided to open fire," Robinson said. "Enough is enough. How many more children need to die?"