Stratford PD: Bartender shot inside bar following robbery; suspect on the loose

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STRATFORD --  A bartender of a popular bar known as BAR on Main Street in Stratford was shot in the stomach Tuesday shortly before 7 p.m.

Stratford police said a man walked into BAR and demanded money from the bartender when he shot him as the money was handed over.

The bartender was rushed to Bridgeport Hospital. People nearby said they never heard the gunshots but they said they are worried an incident like this happened in a good area.

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"Yeah, it's disconcerting. It's something that makes a lot of people nervous. It's why we didn't want to alarm anyone inside," said Harold Bridgeforth of Stratford.

Police said they are canvassing the area to find the suspect. They are working to find out where that person is from and where they took off to.

"What I'm saying is he fled. We don't believe he stayed in the area. Again, we have officers checking. We don't believe he stayed in the area for a period of time," said Capt. Frank Eannotti of the Stratford Police Department.

Police said there is no reason to believe anyone else is in danger.

"This is an an anomaly. This isn't something that routinely happens all the time obviously in Stratford. We're just as distressed and upset about it as they are, but we are working as hard as we can to try and bring a successful resolution. We don't think anybody else is in danger at this time," added Capt. Eannotti.

Anyone with information is asked to call Stratford police at 203-385-4100 or 203-385-4145.