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Shooters sought after 13 people hurt at Bridgeport house party

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While police continue to search for the two shooters who opened fire at a house party in Bridgeport over the weekend, the chief said he's confident they will make an arrest soon.

Thirteen people were shot on Plymouth Street early Sunday morning, according to police.

A 19-year-old woman remains in critical condition. The other victims are expected to be OK.

Police said before the shooting, an illegal party in which the hosts were charging guests and selling alcohol was taking place at the home. Investigators added it's a miracle that no one was killed since there were more than 100 people at the party when the gunfire erupted on Sunday.

Eyewitnesses told police that people were seen running out of the home to get away from the violence.

"We heard some screaming and just all of a sudden sounded like crackling noise, like a firework," Marie Lopez, of Bridgeport, said. "A gun shot I never heard that close anyways." 

Wristbands and discarded cups littered Plymouth Street on Monday morning. Lopez, who lives right next door, said her neighbors often throw parties in the summer.

According to Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez, two men were hiding behind some neighboring bushes and opened fire. They hit 13 people including a woman, who was shot in the face.

"It was just a chaotic scene," Perez said. "There were a number of people who's coming out from the backyard, people bleeding."

Perez said described the shooters as two men in hooded sweatshirts. Investigators said they're still working on determining a motive.

"A lot of these shootings start off as simple disputes between individuals sometimes between drugs, or female involvement, this time we do not have a motive," Perez said.

While detectives look for the gunmen, Perez said the hosts could face charges as well. According to the chief, they went to the police station two weeks ago looking for a permit in order to sell alcohol at the party, however they were denied a permit. 

Perez said these illegal parties are such a problem in the park city, he'll now assign a lieutenant and a crew to find these gatherings and put a stop to them.

"I'm going to give him a couple of patrol officers who over the weekend, that is going to be their sole assignment, to seek out these illegal parties and shut them down," Perez said.  

The incident has created concern for some Bridgeport residents. 

Who were they coming for, why and are they going to continue to come back, is there going to be a retaliation?  It's making me second guess if I still want to live here," Lopez said. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bridgeport Police Department.

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