Bristol police have suspect in multiple summer shootings

Published on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 13:46


BRISTOL -- Police suspect a city man may be behind multiple shootings reported in Bristol over the summer.

Brandon Forcella, 24, of 63 Gridley St., is believed to be a “possible suspect” in at least two shootings in Bristol, in addition to one in which he already faces charges after a woman was shot while inside a car at the intersection of Queen and Center streets, according to court documents.

The 24-year-old was arrested July 7 after a car chase with police, when he was charged in the June 30 shooting in which a woman suffered one gunshot wound to the hip. She was treated at Bristol Hospital for what was not considered a life-threatening injury.

According to court documents connected to his arrest, police suspect Forcella may have been responsible for at least two other shootings that occurred in late June and early July. No arrests have been made in those incidents.

Police on Wednesday said they are still investigating. They had no further comment.

According to court papers, a 23-year-old Bristol woman was shot in the hip while she was inside a vehicle with her boyfriend on June 30. The two were stopped at the stop sign on Queen Street, near Center Street, when another vehicle pulled up alongside them and someone inside opened up fire. The woman was the only one who was struck by gunfire, suffering a single gunshot wound.

The boyfriend was able to identify both men in the car, one of whom he says was Forcella, according to court documents. He drove to Bristol Hospital after the shooting, where staff contacted police.

Later that night, an apartment on Frederick Street was shot up, although no one was struck, police said. That shooting was then followed by the report of shots fired from a white car on King Street July 1. No one was struck in that incident either, but police recovered multiple shell casings.

In connection with the Queen Street shooting, Forcella faces charges of illegal discharge of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment. He was arrested July 7 after police attempted to pull over a vehicle in which he was a passenger.

The driver sped away from police on Jerome Avenue, continued into Burlington and crashed while trying to make a turn, ending up about 30 feet into a wooded area, police said. According to police, Forcella took responsibility for a stolen gun that was found in a McDonald’s bag near the vehicle.

The gun was the same caliber as the shell casing that was recovered at the Queen Street shooting. Forcella was also charged with stealing a firearm and criminal possession of a firearm. He is being held on $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court next Thursday.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 16 September 2020 13:46. Updated: Wednesday, 16 September 2020 13:48.