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Sunday, November 14, 2004

Update: New Details Emerge in Westport Party Shooting Incident

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A 20-year-old Wilton man was shot and wounded early Saturday in Westport as he tried to break up a robbery at a birthday party attended by about a dozen guests, a source familiar with the incident said today.26franklinst11140401260.jpg
26 Franklin St.: scene of Westport shooting early Saturday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) WestportNow.com photo

The suspect entered the premises and put a gun to the back of one of the guests, demanding money, wallets and cellphones, the source said.

Clinton Chizinski, a sophomore at Fairfield University, was shot in the abdomen as he wrestled with the alleged robber outside of 26 Franklin St. in the Saugatuck area, according to the source and a police statement issued Saturday afternoon.

He underwent surgery at Norwalk Hospital and was later reported in stable condition, police said. (See WestportNow Nov. 13, 2004)

A short time later, police arrested Brian Mincieli, 22, of Staten Island, N.Y., at a house on Greens Farms Road, and charged him in the incident. They said a male accomplice was still being sought.

The police statement said “one of the guests at the house displayed a handgun and announced a robbery.”

But a source who requested anonymity told WestportNow that the statement about the party was misleading.

“The word ‘guest’ implies that the person was invited or in some way ‘authorized’ to be there,” the source said. “The suspect entered the premises where a birthday party involving 12 guests was taking place.

“The suspect simply didn’t ‘announce a robbery,’ he grabbed one of the youths and put a 9mm handgun in his back. He then ordered everyone to put their money, wallets and cellphones on the table.

“No one at the residence knew the suspect. There was an accomplice outside waiting with a car.”

According to the source, the birthday party was for two girls from Wilton celebrating their 19th birthday. Most of the guests were from Westport and Wilton and had earlier been partying in South Norwalk.

Chizinski later said from his hospital bed that the birthday celebration started at a South Norwalk bar and it was there that he met the suspect and a friend who gave him a ride to the Franklin Street address.

The suspect entered the party and the other guests assumed he was a friend of someone there, the source said. He was not interacting with others and the guests were talking and dancing and ignored him.

All of a sudden, the suspect grabbed one of the guests and stuck the gun in his back, asking the others to put their wallets and anything of value on a table, the source said.

At first, the guests ignored him, thinking it was some kind of joke. Realizing he was being ignored, the suspect shouted his demand again and got their attention.

Some of the guests hit 911 on their cell phones before surrendering them.

Two of the guests who were in the back of the house sneaked out a back door and Chizinski, the shooting victim, went in the front and grabbed the gunman and managed to wrestle him out of the house, the source said.

The front door closed behind them and then everyone heard a gunshot, the source said.

Several other guests ran out the back door to get help while others went out front to help Chizinski.

Several of the guests fought with the gunman, trying to restrain him, but he got away as their attention was diverted to the wounded Chizinski, the source said.

Police reported that when they found Mincieli, he had injuries sustained in his fight with those at the party. They said he was transported to Norwalk Hospital for his injuries and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

The suspect suffered a fractured skull and broken ribs in the fight, according to the source, who also said Mincieli was out on parole for one or more prior crimes, the nature of which were not known.

The police statement said Minicieli was found at a home on Greens Farms Road.

Another person familiar with the incident said police arrested him there at about 8 a.m. after he had called a friend who lives at the house to pick him up from a Post Road gas station.

Acccording to this witness, Minicieli’s account of what happened at the party was unclear, but he made reference to involvement of drugs and large amounts of cash.

Three shots were fired at Chizinski—the first missed and lodged in a wall, the second hit him in the abdomen, and the third jammed in the chamber, according to the source.

A handgun was recovered at the scene, police said.

Police said they would not release any other details of the incident beyond what was said in the press statement.

Posted 11/14/04 at 02:58 PM


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feel better clint!

Posted by ceezer on November 15, 2004 at 03:22 AM | #

My heart is out to you Brian

Posted by the girl on November 15, 2004 at 11:42 PM | #

Its been a long time coming Brian, for everyone that you have hurt and tortured in Westport I find it so sad that it finally had to come to something like this to finally put you away. Good Riddance. Never come back. Westport is a better place without you.

Posted by the dude on November 16, 2004 at 03:20 PM | #

Your heart goes out to a 22 year old heartless criminal with a GUN? Would you want this person near your children???? Unless you have been under a rock, Mr. Brian nearly killed an innocent person, but yet somebody feels bad for him. If anyone recalls a few years ago, this Brain was in the news for an involvement in a stabbing incident too! 25 years in the clink is a good place for somebody like this…NOT in Westport where he can endanger our children with his savage behavior!!!

Posted by unreal on November 16, 2004 at 04:36 PM | #

Brian is a punk. Hopefully some bad things happen to him in jail…...very bad things.

Posted by AWESOME on November 16, 2004 at 10:43 PM | #

Those damn Weston kids…

Posted by Sammy Perkins on November 16, 2004 at 10:46 PM | #

“yeah I knew that kid, all he ever did was listen to rap music… who knew he would take it seriously”.

Posted by Chris chambers on November 16, 2004 at 11:11 PM | #

stay up Bri. F**k that kid, and f**k those charges, mad respect homey. You always did what you had to do, I got all of Princeton behind you wearing “Free Brian” t-shirts

Posted by killa cam on November 18, 2004 at 06:39 PM | #

Hey so called ‘killa-cam’, you seem like you aren’t far behind following in brians footsteps. He’ll be spending some quality time with his new boyfriends in the slammer…you don’t sound like you’re too far behind him. Keep up the good work.

Posted by bulldog on November 19, 2004 at 02:34 AM | #

brian always was a punk in highschool. the kind of kid you knew had a bad home life, the kind who was a jerk to everyone because his dad prolly smacked him around and his mom never hugged him. he’ll have fun in jail though, i figure he’ll cost about 2 packs of cigarettes. even if he doesnt go to jail, him and big bad killa cam, will end up either pumping gas or living off government cheese.

Posted by trojan on November 19, 2004 at 02:41 AM | #

brian could u have been more of an idiot. if your going to be a criminal and do criminal things, atleast be smart. you leave the gun at the scene of the crime? anyone who watches atleast one episode of law and order or CSI knows better than that. your a punk, and a coward, and lets see how hard you are once your getting bent over a prison sink. hahah have fun in jail

Posted by not impressed on November 19, 2004 at 03:14 AM | #

In response to Sammy Perkins…
Screw you and your “those damn weston kids” comment, were a better bunch then wilton, westport,and even norwalk kids. I dont know where your from, if your from Wilton, dont even get me started on that bunch and all those slutty loose girls who reside there. If you are from Westport, all i can say it “totallly! The fact that you would make a mal-comment about Weston kids shows that you are really, really dumb, dumber than my left nut. We will kick your asses in anything except football.
Meanwhile, ive known Minicelli for years and he isnt a good person with using girls that are 5 years his junior, selling massive amounts of drugs, primarily marijuana, and his acting like a bad-ass all the time. It has nothing to do with the “rap” music. Im not a huge fan of that genre but Music is Music people. Brian, thanks for the alcohol you have supplied us with the last few years, especially the big one, but you made a stupid mistake and couldve killed someone. O ya, before i forget, Bubba is waiting for you.

If anyone has a problem with my comment, especialy you Sammy, feel free to e-mail me.

Posted by Proud Westonite on November 19, 2004 at 03:52 AM | #

honestly i cant stop laughing, sorry for the party goers yea, but brian.. dude seriously… i love that some of us went to school with this winner… yaay for weston!!! we dish out some winners… just goes to show that people with money dont always turn out right. and no matter where you come from… you will always know at least one f**k up. thanks!brian for making me laugh at you!!! once and for all.

Posted by cantstoplaughing on November 19, 2004 at 04:15 AM | #
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