A South Norwalk teenager was chased down by officers and arrested for allegedly having a gun Wednesday night after another teen was shot in a nearby grocery store.
Police said the male arrested, Shakiem Powell, is a suspect in the shooting, but as of Thursday morning he was charged with possession of a handgun without a permit and interfering with an officer.
Officers were dispatched to C&S Grocery, 81 Woodward Ave., at 9:10 p.m. on a report of a man shot there. Officers found the 19-year-old victim on the floor of the store with a gunshot wound to his right leg.
Moments later an officer reported a male running west on Meadow Street who then turned into the Meadow Gardens housing project. The officer exited his cruiser and chased him.
The fleeing male, later identified as Powell, ran up a hill behind Meadow Gardens and into the Monterey Village housing project. (Monterey Village is commonly known as Carlton Court.)
The officer radioed Powell had a gun in his hand. When he reached the top of the hill, residents pointed toward where Powell had run.
As the officer caught up with Powell, he reported Powell dropped his gun but continued running. The officer shot Powell with a Taser stun gun, causing him to fall to the ground.
Officers recovered the semi-automatic handgun he allegedly was carrying.
Police said the shooting victim was conscious and alert, with the bullet having exited his leg.
He reportedly told police he was standing in the store’s doorway when he was shot. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Cotto said he told officers he wasn’t a gang member and had no idea why he was shot.
He was transported by ambulance to Norwalk Hospital.
Powell, 18, of 133 Monterey Place, was held on $50,000 bond and was expected to be arraigned in state Superior Court in Norwalk Thursday afternoon.