Teenage boy shot at birthday party in Fairfield dies, police say

FAIRFIELD — Police said a 15-year-old boy was shot at a birthday party on Saturday has died.

Officials identified the victim on Sunday as Zion Burton, of Bridgeport. Police said he was gunned down just six days before his 16th birthday.

The shooting unfolded around 10:30 pm at a banquet hall on King’s Highway East in Fairfield where 150 to 200 people were gathered for the 13-year-old’s birthday party.

The victim initially, identified only as a male juvenile, was brought to St. Vincent’s Medical Center where he died from a single gunshot wound, Police Chief Robert Kalamaras said at a news conference Sunday morning.

“Our department sends its deepest condolences to the family of the victims,” Kalamaras said.

The shot also injured a female victim in the jaw. She has since been released from the hospital and is in stable condition, Kalamaras said. No other information was immediately provided about the extent of her injuries from her.

Police said the shooting stemmed from an argument in the building that led to a physical fight. It is unclear whether the victim was involved in the argument.

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