“Detectives never stopped working this case. They followed the evidence where it took them and now have charged all three people that we believe participated in this terrible crime.” Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr.
(Bridgeport, CT – March 10, 2014) – A third suspect has been arrested in connection with a 2013 shooting that wounded four people and killed another.
Detectives Ada Curet, Paul Ortiz and Heitor Teixeira secured an arrest warrant charging Raashon Jackson, 23, in connection with the Sept. 10, 2013, shooting on Reservoir and Grandview avenues.
LaChristopher Pettway died from his injuries. Four other males, who ranged in age from 15 to 20, were wounded. Jackson, who is incarcerated, was served with the warrant this morning when he appeared in Superior Court for an unrelated case.
“Detectives never stopped working this case,” said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. “They followed the evidence where it took them and now have charged all three people that we believe participated in this terrible crime.”
The warrant charges Jackson with murder, four counts of criminal attempt at murder, four counts of first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, unlawful discharge of a firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment.
“This crime shook our community to its core,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “These were convicted felons who never should have possessed guns in the first place, and they proceeded to fire into a crowd to settle a score. I want to thank the detectives who worked so hard on this case.”
“My hope is that these men will never terrorize our streets again.”
The other two suspects quickly were brought to justice, arrested in the two weeks after the shooting.
On Sept. 16, 2013, police arrested the other gunman, Roderick “Riki” Rogers, now 19.
On Sept. 25, 2013, Detective Curet obtained an arrest warrant for David Anderson, 20, charging him with conspiracy to commit murder. He was arrested the same day.
He drove the gunman to and from the scene the day of the shooting.
All three suspects remain jailed.
The investigation revealed that Pettway did not appear to be the intended target.
“This crime is yet another illustration of the need for stronger gun laws in this nation,” Mayor Finch added.