Friends and family gathered in Bridgeport on Monday night to remember a teenager shot and killed on Christmas Eve in front of a Bridgeport barber shop.
Police said Michael Majors, 23, admitted to being one of the shooters seen in surveillance footage that was recorded on Dec. 24.
They said Majors and 17-year-old Trey Kaiser approached a group of people who were standing in front of the Stylz Barber Shop. The two are accused of opening fire on the group and killing 14-year-old Luis Colon.
Colon was struck in the chest by one of the bullets, according to police. He was transported to St. Vincent's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Majors initially denied being a shooter, but admitted to the crime after police showed him the video.
Police said they charged him with murder and held him on a $1 million bond.
Majors appeared in Bridgeport Superior Court on Monday. He is the father of a 1-year-old girl and has no criminal record.
He initially told police he didn't know who started shooting first, but later told detectives "a black male looked at them, 'locked eyes' with Majors, pulled out a handgun and began shooting at them. Majors pulled out his own handgun which was a .357 magnum. He shot at this male, firing at least five times. He then ran from the scene."
According to court documents, "Majors refused to identify the black male shooting at him, saying he was not a 'rat'." He also reportedly refused to tell police a reason for the shooting.
Majors is being held on a $1 million bond and is expected to appear in court again next month.
A vigil for Luis Colon was held outside of the Stylz Barbershop.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said a new unit is being formed at the police department to combat the violence.
“It’s a way for us to respond to what some call an uptick,” Ganim said.” I call much more than an uptick of shootings and statistics with homicides."
Colon's mother said her son loved surfing the internet, music and wanted to be an actor. She said he also enjoyed playing volleyball and was recently named a Harding High School student who "roars for being respectful, on task, accountable, and responsible."
Bridgeport interim superintendent Frances Rabinowitz said the school system is working to set up counseling services for students and staff affected by the murder.
She called the shooting an "absolute tragedy" and added that the city "needed to find a way to get the guns off the streets."
“I’m finding more and more that our children are resorting to guns and I am not sure they understand what they are doing," Rabinowitz said.
Colon's funeral will be held later this week.
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