Hartford PD: Two arrests made in drive-by shooting on Nelson St. that killed 3-year-old boy


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Monday, Hartford Police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection to the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy on Nelson Street.

On April 17, detectives identified the shooter in the April 10, Nelson Street homicide as Jaziah Smith, 19, and obtained an arrest warrant.

Officers took Smith into custody Monday morning. Smith is charged with murder. His bond is set at $1.75-million.

On Wednesday, a second arrest was made. Police tell News 8 that they arrested a juvenile who was the driver of the stolen Honda Accord. He was charged with accessory to murder and larceny.

RELATED: Hartford PD: Shooting on Nelson St. that killed 3-year-old boy related to shooting on Magnolia St. that killed teen

On April 10, police say, Smith, in a stolen car out of Windsor Locks, shot into a car parked on Nelson Street in broad daylight. Three-year-old Randell Jones was in the car with his siblings and mother. He was hit with gunfire and later died of his injuries. He was laid to rest Monday.

A male passenger was also in the victim’s vehicle. Police say he ran off after the shooting, and they believe he was the intended target.

Another deadly shooting that happened less than two hours later and less than a mile away on Magnolia Street left a 16-year-old dead. Police say the Nelson Street and Magnolia Street homicides are connected.

“I think video played a big part in this investigation, but so did witnesses and their interviews,” Chief Jason Thody, Hartford PD. “This case is still actively being investigated, we still have the Magnolia case that is still actively being investigated, so we’re not going to get into the connections.”

Mayor Luke Bronin expressed the city’s deepest condolences to both families in a press conference with police Monday. He also thanked investigators who tirelessly worked on the case.

“In solving a crime like this…everyone working together in the Hartford Police Department, they are not just solving crimes, they are working to keep the community safe,” he said. “I mourn with the family of Randall Jones, the three-year-old who was laid to rest today. This was a hard week for our community.”

Investigation into both shootings is still active. Hartford Police ask anyone with information to call them immediately.

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