A family is grieving on Christmas Day after an innocent 14-year-old boy got caught in the crossfire of what appears to have been a gang war.
Luis Colon, 14, was reportedly sent on an errand on Thursday, and while leaving the Family Dollar, he walked by a barbershop across the street and was shot in the chest.
“You send your son to the store, to get milk and bread and he's done. Never see him again,” said Christian Rodriguez, who is a friend of the victim’s family.
The shooting happened on State Street, just after sunset on Christmas Eve.
More than one dozen people were hanging out in front of the barbershop and bodega moments before 23-year-old Michael Majors allegedly started shooting.
Police said Majors and 17-year-old Trey Kaiser approached a group of about 10 men standing on the sidewalk and opened fire on the group. Colon was struck in the chest by one of the bullets.
The group then returned fire and Kaiser was struck in the leg by gunfire. Colon was rushed to the hospital, but died a short time later at Saint Vincent's Hospital from his injuries.
Just a few blocks away, Rodriguez said Colon’s mother sent out her other two boys to go look for her son after she started getting concerned.
“Those two boys had to run into their brother shot up in this scene and they had to deliver that message to their mother,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez added that Colon’s mother raised her three children all on her own, and the entire family just moved to Bridgeport from Puerto Rico a little more than one year ago.
“All they had was their mother. All she had was her three boys. Now she has two,” Rodriguez said.
On Friday morning, police arrested Majors, who they said confessed to the shooting.
He has been charged with murder and is being held on a $1 million bond.
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Bridgeport Police arrested a city man in connection with the shooting death of a city teenager.