Norwalk Police: We'll Catch Parking Lot Shooter

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Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia and Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik discuss the Wednesday afternoon shooting of a Greenwich woman in a Connecticut Avenue parking lot. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman

NORWALK, Conn. – The shooting of a 50-year-old Greenwich woman in the parking lot of a Norwalk supermarket Wednesday was a random act, Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia and Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik said.

The mayor and police chief held a Thursday morning press conference to discuss the incident, which happened at about 1:40 p.m. at the Stop & Shop on Connecticut Avenue. They said the victim is expected to recover since no vital organs were hit when she was shot once in the abdomen. She remains in Norwalk Hospital.

Kulhawik promised to bring the shooter to justice. He said police have surveillance video of the suspect. Lt. Timothy Murphy said the New Canaan Police Department will use special equipment to enhance the video. 

The woman had dropped off her 15-year-old son at the Rip Van Winkle Lanes and gone to the store, where she has shopped before, Moccia said. She parked her Mercedes at the far end of the parking lot, possibly because she had her Labradoodle in the car and that part of the lot had shade.

Police said the shooter approached the woman as she walked back to her car. They are not sure what happened after that, but said both the woman and her assailant got in the car, where at least one shot was fired. There may have been a scuffle, they said, and the shooter then ran across the street.

Witnesses were very helpful, they said. Police saturated the area, concentrating their search in Colonial Village.

Police are looking for a 20- to 30-year-old black man with fair skin, clean shaven, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing black tennis shoes, a dark hoodie-type sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Norwalk police detectives are actively investigating the shooting and further descriptive information will be released as it develops. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Detective Bureau at 203-854-3011. All calls will be kept confidential.

Correction made, 10:22 p.m.

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I, for one, have NEVER have seen this amount of violence occurring in what feels like a daily basis, in what appears to be happening in various pockets of neighborhoods throughout Norwalk. 

Then again when this city is being run by a do-nothing mayor and a do-nothing police department, these thugs know they can terrorize (anyone they want, at anytime they want) with impunity. 

Now, in my opinion, both City Hall and NPD should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for their utter lack of leadership and not even attempts at a proactive approach in (protection) they have given to us residents! 

All of us law-abiding, tax-paying citizens, deserve SOOO much more than the pitiful, incompetent,  mayor that currently takes up space at City Hall! 

I, for one, have NEVER felt so unsafe as I do now! I find myself praying for God's protection, just to drive on these city roads, and now, just to go to the grocery store!

Tim T:


Now, in my opinion, both City Hall and NPD should be absolutely ashamed of themselves for their utter lack of leadership and not even attempts at a proactive approach in (protection) they have given to us residents!

Tim T:

If you look at the pic of Moccia in this article I think its worth about a thousand words in regards to just how lost he is.


I have faith that this ANIMAL will be caught and justice will be served.

Father God, we ask that you comfort the victim and her loved ones at this time. I pray for a speedy recovery and ask that you assist with the search of this man so he is brought to justice.

Tim T:

"I have faith that this ANIMAL will be caught and justice will be served."
Only if some other agency catches him as the NPD will not as usual.


first I wish well for the victim this was not right no matter where it was

Such a pathetic display of leadership.Why did the mayor spend so much time defending our police department.Random acts of voilence went from Norwalk to accross the country.Random acts of voilence happens in the city every day involving guns the mayor thinks it may be economic among other reasons'

Thats right this week there are no gangs

said at the news conference

Budgets are not an issue in this case?

Our k9 unit thought Norwalk had a few

Public seems to be helping now no crap Sherlcock

all resouces are being used

mayors talks isolated incident

acts of voilence

Mayor talks about additional patrols

botton line Mayor took almost 20 minutes telling us about other cities comparing us to other cities.

Voilent crime is down

Mayor thinks the FBI numbers are what? Norwalk never sees a current stat sheet when there is an election for Mayor.

a lot of arrests a lot of crime brings that Dick

Dick mother told us young we don't care about others we care about us here in Norwalk.

After 20 minutes we were still hearing about other communities smash and grab and home invasions from the Mayor.

When did we have a shooting on Woodward did we have such interest when were we told moneys no object at any shooting at RC or Meadow st?

Dog was a lab and mayor said we are running a lab test on the dog

Mayor thanks the community for invlolvement

Mayor connects Colonial Village to this crime,trace the suspects he said yet witness accounts said he ran there

Shame some in our city feels no safer tonight then when the Mayor took office years ago.

M. Murray:

Will you do the right and honorable thin if they do?

Tim T:

"Kulhawik promised to bring the shooter to justice"
The chief should not make promises that he can not keep as the history of the NPD shows otherwise. Will the chief do the right and honorable thing and resign if they do not catch this criminal??

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