Updated: Wednesday, 10 p.m.
NORWALK, Conn. – A Greenwich woman was shot in the abdomen at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday in the Stop & Shop parking lot at 385 Connecticut Ave., Norwalk police said.
The victim, described as a woman in her 50s, was alert and conscious when emergency workers arrived. She was taken to Norwalk Hospital, where she was undergoing surgery, Deputy Chief David Wrinn said.
The woman had been shopping in Stop & Shop and was walking back to her white Mercedes when a man approached, police said. She was shot while in her car, police said. It was either a robbery or attempted carjacking, Wrinn said.
The man took a gun out of his boot and shot the woman in the abdomen, then ran across Connecticut Avenue into a shopping center, according to police.
Mayor Richard Moccia and Chief Thomas Kulhawik have announced a Thursday morning news conference about the shooting.
One witness, who was waiting for a bus for a casino outing, said she heard a “pop” and thought it was a firecracker. But then she saw a woman get out of her car and say, “I’ve been shot.” She watched a man run away and noted that the victim was not bleeding.
Police were conducting a manhunt in the area, with a strong presence in Colonial Village. Wrinn described the suspect as a 20- to 30-year-old black man with fair skin, clean shaven, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds wearing black tennis shoes, a dark hoodie-type sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Police closed the northern portion of the parking lot where the shooting occurred. A large white dog sat in the woman's car while police investigated. The dog was taken away at about 2:45 p.m. by a Norwalk animal control officer.
No other information was immediately available.
Norwalk police detectives are involved in an active investigation and further descriptive information will be released as it develops. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Detective Bureau @ 203-854-3011. All calls will be kept confidential.
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