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Emotions run high after suspect in nightclub shooting appears in court

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The following photo of Adrian Bennett was provided by the New Haven Police Department. The following photo of Adrian Bennett was provided by the New Haven Police Department.
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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Raw emotion spilled outside New Haven Superior Court when two families involved in a fatal nightclub shooting came face-to-face Wednesday afternoon.

Adrian Bennett aka Bread, 28, appeared in court Wednesday on charges that he shot and killed a woman at the Key Club Cabaret in New Haven during the early morning hours of Oct. 26.

Police identified Bennett, of New Haven, as the person who fired the shots, from the club's surveillance video.

Court records indicate Bennett was seen from several angles firing a gun into the crowded club. More than 100 people were inside the Key Club Cabaret, which is a popular strip club in the Elm City, at the time of the shooting.

Erica Robinson, 26, was shot and killed while police said 19-year-old Amanda John, 29-year-old Jahad Brumsey, 24-year-old Nijia Ward, 34-year-old Albert Dickerson and 25-year-old Ivette Sterling were also injured.

Investigators said they believe he was trying to shoot someone else.

"He's targeting one guy and shoots six innocent bystanders," New Haven police Sgt. Al Vazquez said. "I would say he's very dangerous."

Police said they are still trying to figure out why Bennett was trying to shoot that other person.

Bennett, who police said is known to associate with gangs, was arrested on Tuesday in Hartford. He was charged with murder, five counts of assault with a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm.

Friends and family members of Robinson were at New Haven Superior Court for Bennett's arraignment.

"Your brother is a (bleep) murderer," Robinson's family said to Bennett's family.

Court marshals and New Haven police tried to split everyone up, but the fighting continued even while both families crossed the streets.

New Haven Police Department Officer Shafiq Abdussabur and Robinson's cousin talked on behalf of the family at Wednesday's news conference, where the arrest was announced.

"People who commit such horrific acts of violence against innocent people in our society should be met with the full brunt of the law," Abdussabur said.

Bennett, who has a lengthy criminal history, is being held on a $3 million bond.

Following the shooting at Key Club Cabaret, Mayor John DeStefano called for more policing and recommended the following items:

  • Fees be imposed on nightclubs in districts where a heavy police presence is required
  • Police license and train private security at nightclubs
  • City be authorized to approve club licenses

More arrests are expected in the nightclub shooting. Anyone with information is urged to call New Haven police at 203-946-6304, or the New Haven Police Tips Line at 203-946-2875. All calls will be kept confidential.

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