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Shooting on I-95 near Darien kills 1: State police

Two victims were hospitalized, where one later died, and the driver remained on the scene.
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Three people were shot on I-95 in Darien

DARIEN, Conn. — Police are investigating a shooting incident Wednesday morning that left one person dead and at least two other people injured and closed roads just off Interstate 95 near Exit 10.

Connecticut State Police said that around 3:50 a.m., the Darien Police Department contacted Troop G saying a vehicle containing the victims with gunshot wounds was found just off the exit near the intersection of Maple Street and Noroton Avenue.

Officers on patrol noticed a car driving slowly in the area and the driver approached police to say two people in the car had been shot. Darien police said emergency crews treated the victims and took them to Stamford Hospital. 

Original reports said there were three victims. Officials later revised the number to two. Two victims were hospitalized and the driver remained on the scene.

The right front passenger of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to state police. They were identified as Earl Gayle, 31.

Another passenger, 28, underwent surgery and is listed in stable condition.

The 29-year-old driver remained on the scene with a superficial wound to the right shoulder and refused medical attention, troopers said.

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Investigators believe the car was traveling on I-95 south between Bridgeport and Darien when another vehicle came alongside and began to fire. The victims were taken to area hospitals, and the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

"There are no indications that any crime occurred within the Town of Darien," Darien Police chief Donald Anderson said.

This investigation into this shooting incident is being conducted by the Connecticut State Police and the CSP Western District Major Crime Squad. There is no ongoing threat to the public at this time.

A section of I-95 South between Exits 17 and 18 was closed for an investigation into the same incident. The road has since reopened. 

During the investigation on the highway, police found 10 shell casings near the exit 16 on-ramp.

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Darien police said in a Facebook post regarding the incident that the intersection of Maple Street and Norton Avenue would be closed for an "extended period of time" as police investigated. They ask drivers to find alternate routes.

"The scene is stabilized and there is no threat to the public at this time," police said in the post. 

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