Bloodied and riddled with bullets, a man’s body sat slumped over for hours in a parked car -- its engine running and windshield wipers flapping long after the rain stopped -- as passersby, including school children, came and went throughout the day, Bridgeport police said Friday.
Police on patrol found the man's body at about 6 p.m. Wednesday in the residential North End neighborhood called Sunshine Circle, according to The Connecticut Post.
"They banged on the window and got no response," Detective Keith Bryant, a police spokesman, told the Post. "He was slumped over the wheel."
Neighbors told police they heard gunshots at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, but no one reported a shooting. Some residents say they saw the car as early as 9 a.m., but little else.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead, finding multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, police said. Detectives said they have no motive. Police said the victim has not been positively identified and planned to release his name later Friday.
Police said the Nissan Maxima’s darkly tinted windows obscured the man’s body from view, but Bryant said someone could have reported the gunshots earlier in the day. Residents of the neighborhood near a public housing complex "have become numb to unusual noises, even gunshots, and they probably didn't react to it at all. And that's not good," Bryant told the Post.
Only a rusty fence separates the neighborhood from an area where gunfire is commonplace, the Post reported, and residents have been worried about the increase in drug activity.
Councilman Warren Blunt, who represents the city’s 135th District, has promised residents he'd fight to curtail the drug-related violence by working with police to create a surveillance plan and increase patrols, according to the Post.
"It's an ongoing struggle," Blunt told the Post.
There have been 20 homicides in Bridgeport so far this year, matching the total number for all of 2011, according to the Post.
In May, 20-year-old Kaqwan Glenn was fatally shot where Wednesday’s gunshot victim was found in the parked car, police said.
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