HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A man was killed overnight Wednesday in Hartford and police are working to put the pieces together. Another person was shot in the foot and is recovering.
At about 1:48 a.m., Hartford Police patrol officers responded to the area of 116 Bedford Street on shot spotter activation.
They found a male victim in his 20s on Bedford Street who had been shot in the foot. That man is recovering at a hospital.
While canvassing the crime scene on the side of the Wilson-Gray YMCA – where efforts are underway to keep kids off the street – responding officers happened to find a lifeless man in his 30s who had been shot.
The homicide victim was later identified as Siddhartha Lake-Sudan, 37, of East Hartford.
Police believe Lake-Sudan was the unintended target. “Doesn’t appear that our homicide victim was involved in any way,” said Lt. Boisvert of Hartford P.D.
During the course of the investigation, a suspect vehicle was identified. The vehicle was located in the
Albany Avenue area and officers tried to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle did not stop and a short police pursuit was initiated.
The suspect vehicle crashed at the intersection of Sigourney Street at Farmington Avenue. The chase ended with two people in custody and weapons allegedly found at the scene.
“Patrol officers and detectives located the vehicle, attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle did initiate a pursuit; the pursuit was short. Within minutes it was over it ended with the vehicle crashing,” Lt. Boisvert explained.
The driver of the suspect vehicle, Chan Williams-Bey Jr., 25, of Hartford, has been charged with murder in the Bedford St. homicide, as well as assault, and carrying a pistol without a permit. Williams-Bey is being held on a $1.75-million bond.
Neighbor Curtis saw the police chase from his home. “I heard the sirens and a big accident.”
He is glad the officers caught up with the people in the car. He says youth in the city need job training and opportunity so they don’t commit crimes or fall victim. “Youth programs that can help give them a dream. Give them something to do.”
This marks the 20th homicide of the year for Connecticut’s capital city. Last year at this time the city had 12 homicides. Homicides in the city are up by about 40 percent compared to this time last year.
There was a fatal fight in the South End over the weekend and a woman cooking a meal was recently the target of a drive-by on Sisson Avenue.
In New Haven, they’re up almost 90%. Beleaguered leaders are stepping up patrols, pledging support for at-risk youth and people out on probation or parole.
“We’re doing everything we can in a year where violence is up this month so are arrests,” Lt. Boisvert said.
Now more help is on the horizon. President Joe Biden announced a plan to fight the uptick in gun violence across the country. He said federal officers deployed to police departments who need help fighting gun crime—and allowing cities and towns to take millions in COVID-19 relief funds and repurpose them towards everything from summer jobs for young people to hiring more cops and social workers.
In Hartford, police say it’s all hands on deck to combat violence. And they’re proud to say they’ve made over 100 firearm arrests.
Neighbors like Curtis tell us the new plans give them hope even as they brace for a long hot summer ahead.
“We’re doing everything we can in a year where violence is up this month so are arrests,” said Lt. Boisvert.
So are gun arrests — but they need help.
“A lot of these cases are solved by just a small shred of information. Somebody looking out the window. Somebody driving by saw. We need help. We rely heavily on the community for that help,” said Lt. Boisvert.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact police using their anonymous tip line: (860) 722-TIPS.