December 6, 2020

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STAMFORD — Police say a shooting on Sunday was motivated by an argument over a car sale.

Jeff Etienne, 24, of Anderson Street, was arraigned Thursday on charges of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree assault, threatening and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held in lieu of a $1 million court appearance bond.

Etienne’s case was transferred to the Part A docket where the most serious cases in the Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District are handled.

According to the six-page arrest affidavit written by the lead investigator on the case, Sgt. Sean Boeger, a 33-year-old man showed up at Stamford hospital Sunday afternoon after being shot in the shoulder. The back of the man’s right hand had been grazed by a bullet as well.

The Red Volkswagen Jetta he drove to the hospital had numerous bullet holes in the body and a blown-out passenger window, the affidavit said.

Responding police saw another man, 23, walking on Broad Street. A bullet had grazed his forearm, which was bleeding, the affidavit said.

The older man told police he was arguing with Etienne earlier in the day because Etienne wanted to return a car to him. He said Etienne asked him where he was.

The main said Etienne told him, “I’m gonna pop you,” according to the affidavit.

The man said soon after he and the younger man were on High Street and watched as someone drove Etienne past their location, according to the affidavit.

Soon after, as he and the younger man drove down Fairfield Avenue, the man told police he watched as Etienne, who was ahead of him in a red two-door BMW, bailed out of the car and began shooting at him, according to the affidavit.

Police found 11 shell casings from a 9mm semiautomatic pistol at the reported scene. With the help of images captured on nearby cameras, including a doorbell camera on a nearby home, police were able to determine Etienne was the shooter, according to the affidavit.

The courthouse’s senior public defender Howard Ehring, who will represent Etienne, said he has not yet had a chance to study the warrant against his client. “We will begin to make the appropriate motions and go over the allegations against him and talk to Mr. Etienne,” Ehring said.

Eitenne was picked up on Monday when he appeared at court for an unrelated criminal offense.

According to the affidavit, Etienne was convicted of carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle in 2019 and was given a three-year suspended sentence with three years probation. That felony conviction makes it a crime for him to be in possession of a firearm.

No pleas have been made in the case.

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