Waterbury man charged in November shooting at Meriden bar

Waterbury man charged in November shooting at Meriden bar

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MERIDEN — A Waterbury man has been charged in a November shooting at the Red Room Grille that left one man injured.

Jessie Gray, 39, 25 Congress Ave., Waterbury, was charged Tuesday with first-degree assault, criminal possession of a weapon, breach of peace, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and carrying a firearm without a permit.

Numerous shots were fired inside the Red Room Grille on North Colony Road at about 1:45 a.m., on Nov. 18. While investigating, police were contacted by staff at MidState Medical Center, who reported that a gunshot victim had arrived at the hospital for treatment, said police spokesman Sgt. Darrin McKay said.

Officers responded to MidState and determined a man was shot inside the bar, located at 575 N. Colony Road,  and left before police arrived. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries  Police released security video of the suspect, who police later identified as Gray.

On Sunday, the owner of Feel Fresh Hair Studio, 65 W. Main St., reported Gray walked into the business and asked for a haircut. When he was told the barber had another client, Gray became combative, brandished a firearm, and threatened to shoot the owner, McKay said.

Officers located Gray later that day in Bristol and took him into custody. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace and first-degree threatening for the hair studio incident. Gray was released on $10,000 bond and officers worked to expedite the warrant charging him with the bar shooting, McKay said. 

Gray was held on $400,000 bond for the shooting charges.


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