NORWALK, Conn. An innocent bystander was the victim of a Saturday night shooting outside Norwalk's American Legion, according to Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling.
Children were present when the shots were fired just before 8 p.m. in the back parking lot, as people were going home from a baby shower.
"We do not believe it was a random shooting," Rilling said. "Somebody who was leaving that place was probably the intended target, not necessarily the man who was hit."
The 23-year-old Norwalk man was shot in the arm and the wound is not life-threatening, Rilling said. Rilling would not say which hospital the victim is in, but he said he is in stable condition.
Police do not know if the victim was attending the shower, which was attended by at least 30 or 40 people. The shooter fled on foot. Police have a suspect in mind.
"We have some thoughts but we don't have enough right now to proceed much further without analyzing the forensic evidence," Rilling said. " ... We have some information that we're investigating. We need members of the public to provide information that they believe is relevant and responsible."
Police are interviewing people who were at the party. There was a report of an argument at the party, but police do not know if it was related.
"We're very concerned, obviously, by the nature of the incident," Rilling said. "People were leaving, there were children there. I think that in spite of what happened we avoided a real catastrophe."
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