Bridgeport Councilwoman’s grandson charged with shooting at sister
BRIDGEPORT — The grandson of a city councilwoman was behind bars Friday after police said he shot at his sister because she is dating a rival gang member.
Clinton “Clint” Taylor, 22, who is on probation for a 2016 gang-related shooting, was charged with attempted first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit and criminal possession of a firearm.
Police said Taylor, a member of the West Side gang 150 Boys, shot at his sister because she had been dating Asante Gaines, who was recently indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly being a high-ranking member of the Green Boyz gang that allegedly shot at rival gang members outside the Golden Hill Street courthouse on Jan. 27.
Taylor’s grandmother, Councilwoman Denese Taylor-Moye, attempted to intervene in the investigation, telling her granddaughter to tell investigators that Taylor had fired a BB gun not a real gun, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
“That’s a lie,” Taylor-Moye told Hearst Connecticut Media Friday afternoon. “I did not say that. I’ll tell you what I am against and that’s police officers trying to turn our kids against each other by saying they are in gangs. That’s what should be investigated.”
During Taylor’s arraignment hearing Friday, Assistant State’s Attorney Justine Moore urged Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton to set a high bond because of the seriousness of the case.
The judge agreed, noting that Taylor has prior assault convictions. She ordered him held in lieu of $500,000 bond and continued the case to Aug. 26.
Taylor’s lawyer, Frank Riccio, declined comment as he left the Golden Hill Street courthouse.
On July 1, the state Department of Corrections notified Bridgeport police that they had intercepted a call about a shooting in the city.
Based on information in the call, Police Sgt. Jason Amato, head of the gang task force, went to an apartment building on West Avenue where Taylor-Moye and her granddaughter live and found a spent 9mm bullet casing in the parking lot under the building, police said.
Police said they reviewed surveillance video footage from the apartment building and saw a man they identified as Taylor pull up to the building in a white sedan. They said Taylor got out of the car, pulled a handgun from his pants pocket and fired at his sister who was standing a short distance away. He then got back into the car and drove off, police said.
Police said the sister was not injured.
Following the shooting, police said DOC intercepted a call from the sister to Gaines, who is being held in a state prison. Police said the sister told Gaines in the call that Taylor had shot at her but that she was reluctant to go to police because, “At the end of the day he’s still my brother.”
The arrest warrant states that Amato later went to the Taylor-Moye home to interview the sister about the shooting. While Amato was talking to the sister, the affidavit states that Taylor-Moye yelled to her, ”Just tell them he had a BB gun.”
In 2017, Taylor-Moye publicly accused police of exaggerating her grandson’s part in a shooting in the Greene Homes housing project. She asked a judge to overrule the police investigation.
Police said Taylor was arrested Jan. 26, 2016, after a high-speed chase through the city following an alleged gang-related shooting in the Greene Homes housing project. Police said there were five young men in the car with three guns.
Taylor was charged with attempted first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit attempted first-degree assault and gun charges.
He later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree assault with a firearm and was sentenced to 10 years, suspended after he served 47 months and followed by five years of probation.