BRIDGEPORT- Bridgeport and New Haven police are investigating a possible connection between the murders of two store clerks in the last week.
Over the weekend, Bridgeport police released images of a mint green or yellow colored 2008-2011 Ford Focus with four doors and a sunroof. Witnesses told police it was the vehicle used as a get-away car after two men fatally shot grocery store owner Jose Salgado, 57, in an apparent robbery attempt Saturday afternoon.
On Monday, New Haven police released images of a similar car which was spotted on a surveillance camera near Forbes Avenue where a gas station clerk was shot and killed last week. Police said in that case the suspects were seen running from the scene.
In Bridgeport's fifth homicide of the year, Salgado and his wife were working in their store, Sapiao’s Grocery, which is located at 351 Lexington Ave., when two men came in around 3 p.m. armed with handguns.
According to police, they demanded money, and when Salgado went to hand the money over, one of the suspects shot him. He was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, but died from his injuries at 3:46 p.m.
Video evidence shows the suspects approaching the store on foot from the east on Linen Avenue and then one minute later they are seen running west on Linen Ave, back in the direction they had come from.
According to several witnesses, they entered a bright green 4-door vehicle and fled west on Linen Avenue. The vehicle is believed to be the green or yellow Ford Focus and they were last seen traveling north on St. James St. Witnesses also said that a third person was in the vehicle and had waited in the passenger seat.
The first suspect, the driver, is described as a black male, about 5-foot-9, medium build, in his 30s and had his face partially covered by a mask. The second suspect is a white or Hispanic male, 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7, also in his 30s with long hair and did not wear a mask.
Anyone with information should contact Detective Ada Curet at 203-581-5236.