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Man Dead Of Gunshot Wound In Bridgeport

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BRIDGEPORT — A 21-year-old man was shot to death early Monday.

DeWayne Gardner, of Bridgeport, was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Hospital.

Police were called to Poplar Street and Maplewood Avenue around 2 a.m. for a report of a motor vehicle accident.

They found a silver Nissan Pathfinder that had hit a parked truck head-on, according to a release from Bridgeport police. Gardner was inside the vehicle with a gunshot wound to the torso.

Detectives believe Gardner was shot in the area of 176-178 Poplar St. and drove a short distance before hitting the vehicle.

No motive or suspects have been identified, but detectives are following leads.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Division, Lt. Christopher Lamaine at 203-576-7901 or Detective Paul Ortiz at 203-581-5290.

By Stephen Busemeyer, Hartford Courant

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