Local leaders to meet with Gov. Malloy, federal law enforcement on latest shootings

13 people were shot on Plymouth Street early Sunday morning. (WFSB)

Curbing violence in one shoreline city after a slew of shootings, including one in which 13 people were shot, is the focus of a meeting later Thursday morning in Bridgeport.

Mayor Joe Ganim, along with Gov. Dannel Malloy, Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez and federal law enforcement agencies will gather to try and find a way to stop the bloodshed.

The recent spike of gun violence has overwhelmed Bridgeport and led to Thursday morning’s high-level strategy session focused on making the city safe.

Less than two weeks ago, 13 people were struck by bullets during a party on Plymouth Street. Bridgeport police were told by eyewitnesses that there were two shooters wearing hooded sweatshirts. Both fled.

The party was an "underground" one, which is illegal. Police said more than 100 guests were charged and alcohol was served.

They called it a growing problem in Bridgeport, but far from the only one leading to a spike in shootings. Last weekend, 18-year-old Shane Slinsky was killed on Wood Terrace in what’s believed to be a drug deal gone bad.

Back in March, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Ganim, along with Perez, held a community forum at the Trumbull Gardens apartment complex with the goal of curbing gun violence in Bridgeport.

In June of 2015, nine people were shot and one died when suspected shooters ambushed a crowd in a parking lot of Trumbull Gardens.

Representatives from the state's attorney office, state police, FBI, DEA and U.S. attorney’s office will join Malloy and Ganim at Thursday morning’s meeting, which has been set for 10:30 a.m.

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