HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Two convenience store employees were shot Monday morning during a robbery in Hartford, according to police.
Officers responded to Hot Corner Market, located at 717 Albany Ave, around 8:20 a.m.
Two victims, one man in his 40s and one man in his 50s, were taken to a hospital, where police said they were in stable condition.
“We are investigating this as a robbery,” Hartford police Lt. Aaron Boisvert said. “We were able to pull some video. Three masked individuals rushed into the store. At some point, shots were fired, and they rushed out on foot.”
Police said it doesn’t appear that the employees returned fire.
Majority Leader of the Hartford City Council, T.J. Clarke II, said they are working to address the violence in the city.
“I can’t even fathom that when a store first opens, and they’re greeted with a robber,” he said. “It’s just too many people on the street now, causing too much chaos. We need to figure out how to crack down on these issues and get people the help that they need.”
Clarke encourages everyone to step up, speak out and get involved, saying they can’t do this work alone.
“People are out patronizing businesses, minding their own business,” Clarke said. “We cannot let these bad seeds affect the character of our neighborhood.”
Police have not said what, if anything, was taken.
Anyone with information or video of Monday’s shooting and robbery is asked to call Hartford police’s tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477).
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.