Two individuals arrested Wednesday in connection to illegal Bridgeport after-hours club where double homicide occurred mid-May

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Two men were charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and illegal sale of alcohol Wednesday in connection to an illegal after-hours club where two men were fatally shot May 16.

Around 2 a.m., Bridgeport Police responded to a report of shots fired near 1023 Main Street, which happened to be the Temple of the Way - House of Worship. A 38-year-old man, Charles Dimples Barnes, was found shot to death in the basement.

Also in the basement, Charles Peters, 40, was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital, but succumbed to his injuries, police said.

Investigators began looking into the “illegal operation of an after-hours club,” police said. Following the investigations, officers arrested Josiah J. Israel, 35, and Christopher Mojica, 37, on the charges of illegal sale of alcohol, conspiracy to commit illegal sale of alcohol and second-degree reckless endangerment.

The two men were released from police custody on written promises to appear, police said. They’re expected in court on June 16.

Police are still investigating the double homicide that occurred on May 16. Anyone with any information should call Detective Martin Heanue at (203) 581-5242.

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