4 known gangs in Bridgeport
Police said 18-year-old Tajay Chambers and three younger friends were out hunting a rival gang when they shot and killed 12-year-old Clinton Howell.
Chambers and his friends never found members of the Blitz Gang, known as the “BGs,” and Howell was not affiliated with any gang, but Bridgeport has been home to several gangs of various sizes.
Both Bridgeport Police and the Connecticut State Police have gang task forces, agencies that routinely cooperate on gang-related issues.
“It’s alarming,” Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said in 2017. “There’s a tremendous amount of guns out there. We have been taking them off the street — but they keep coming in.”
James Perez, a lieutanant with the Fairfield Police department said “There are still Bloods and Crips and Latin Kings - all those gangs are still there,” but more often than not it’s loosely affiliated groups of youths who claim to be members of well-known gangs.
“The kids themselves might not understand how dangersous of a path they’re undertaking,” Perez said.
Nonetheless, there are several organized, criminal groups in Bridgeport. Here is a list of four gangs of which police are aware:
1. 150 gang
A hitman for the 150 gang, Deonte Tomlinson was found guilty in August for killing a rival gang member. He was sentenced to to 53 years in prison.
2. Green Hollow Boyz
Tomlinson was convicted for the murder of Kahlil “Kah” Diaz, 18, a leader of the Green Hollow Boyz, who himself had been found not guilty of the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Ryan Hernandez, a member of the 150s.
3. East Side Boyz
Another rival gang, East Side Boyz member Jarod “Sunny Stacks” Hamilton was accused of killing Green Hollow member Khali Davis in January.
4. PT Outlaws
Robert “Pookie” Bowen had been a known member of the PT Outlaws when, in May, 2017, he was taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshal Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force.
Connecticut Post reporter Dan Tepfer contributed this report.