Police say name calling led to Groton shooting

Groton -- Police say a local man got shot for calling a woman a "thot" this past November. 

The unidentified man suffered four gunshot wounds to the left arm, wrist and femur after being attacked by three men outside a home at 76 Ledyard Ave., according to an arrest warrant affidavit written by Groton City Police Detective Daniel Grimm.

The alleged shooter, Leonard A. Lacey, 26, of Wood River Junction, R.I., was arraigned Monday in New London Superior Court on charges of first-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm, second-degree threatening, and illegal discharge of a firearm. Judge Hunchu Kwak set his bond at $250,000, citing the seriousness of the case, and ordered him to have no contact with the victim.

According to the affidavit, the police were called to the area of 74-76 Ledyard Ave. at 3:08 p.m. on Nov. 3 for a fight involving the victim and 23-year-old Jordan Lacey because the victim had called the mother of Jordan's child a "thot" in a Snap Chat message. "Thot" is street slang for "that ho over there."

Leonard Lacey allegedly accompanied his brother, Jordan Lacey, and their cousin, Devin Douglas, to the Ledyard Avenue home, according to the affidavit. Witnesses told police Jordan Lacey and the victim began to fight, and Leonard Lacey pulled out a pistol and shot the victim from a distance of about 5 feet. The three assailants fled in a gray Ford Explorer.

The victim was taken to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Yale New Haven Hospital due to the severity of his injuries.

During an interview with police, the victim admitted to calling the woman a "slut" and a "stripper" in their Snap Chat exchange, which had since been deleted, and to receiving a response from her indicating she was going to "have some people ride down and see him." The woman was upset with him because she thought he had "puts hands on," or struck her sister.

Police used witness statements along with surveillance footage from cameras adjacent to Electric Boat, Pfizer and Foxwoods Resort Casino to track the assailants' movements after the shooting, according to the affidavit.

Jordan Lacey, who was on probation, was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet which probation officials said could be placed "in the middle of Ledyard Avenue" at the time of the shooting.

The state judicial data base shows he was charged with multiple illegal firearm violations including theft of firearms and possessing a large capacity magazine on two occasions in 2017. His next court dates on those cases are Jan. 22 and 29.  

k.florin@theday.com

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