FAIRFIELD — An ex-con who police believe came out on the losing end of a running gunfight between rivals in two cars speeding down Clay Bank Road earlier this week pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted murder, assault and drug possession charges.
Demetri D. Moore, 33, was the passenger in a car traveling south toward East Tabor Avenue at around 5 p.m. Monday when another car pulled up alongside them and somebody in the car starting shooting at Moore and his companion, police say. Moore’s unnamed companion lost control of the car and careened into a fence.
In spite of being shot twice, Moore, who police believe returned fire, was able to run from the crash scene, hurdle several fences and hide out from Fairfield police – for a while.
Moore’s companion did not run. Police found him lying in the street, bleeding from a pair of gunshot wounds. Police said a search of the wreckage turned up a stash of cocaine and a large amount of cash. Police also found a loaded gun a short distance from the car.
Moore was apprehended two blocks away.
An unnamed innocent bystander was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire. She was treated and then released from a hospital.
After pleading not guilty, Moore was ordered to return to court March 3 for a probable cause hearing in front of Judge Peter B. Foor. Moore is in jail with a bail of $750,000. His local adult criminal record dates back nearly 15 years.
Police have not found the other shooter or the other car.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 428-7600, the 24-hour tip line at 428-7345 or Crime Stoppers at 644-7867. Callers may be anonymous.
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