BRIDGEPORT — Police have identified the victim of Bridgeport’s first homicide of the year as Javoni Patton, 28, of Elizabeth Street in Bridgeport.

Michael Giannotti, the city’s public safety spokesman, said Patton had been shot several times, including once in his chest at at Stratford and Connecticut avenues. A short distance away was Patton’s car. The driver’s door was open and Patton’s personal items were strewn about.

Medics and police got the call Thursday around 8:40 p.m. Giannotti said. The victim was taken to Bridgeport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:07 p.m.

Witnesses heard several gunshots and came outside at the fork where Stratford and Connecticut avenues meet, Giannotti said. They saw the victim stumble into the intersection, where he collapsed.Detectives at the Bridgeport Police Department keep poster boards of homicides by year.

It was also learned that Patton was arrested on Jan. 7 during a domestic dispute. He was charged with threatening and breach of peace. Whether the two crimes are connected isn’t known at this point.

Until Thursday, their “2016 homicides” board was blank.

Then gunfire on a bitterly cold night yielded the city’s first killing this year, as a man was gunned down on the East End, near the Stratford border.

The city saw 19 homicides in 2015, ending with the Christmas Eve shooting death of 14-year-old Luis Colon, apparently an innocent bystander in a drug-related shooting.