HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Monday, April 19, Hartford Police arrested a man in connection to the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy on Nelson Street.
Hartford Police are investigating two fatal shootings that happened less than a mile and two hours apart in the capital city over the weekend. One resulted in the death of a 3-year-old boy, the other in the death of a 16-year-old.
Monday afternoon, Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody released an update into the investigations saying the Nelson Street fatal shooting and a fatal shooting on Magnolia Street the same day are related.
“Based on information developed, we currently believe that the shootings on Nelson Street and Magnolia Street were related to one another,” Chief Thody said. “We will continue to devote every resource to bring the perpetrators to justice, and we are grateful for our partners who are working alongside us. We also again ask our community to come forward with information they may have.”
Around 2:25 p.m. Saturday, police responded to the 100 block of Nelson Street on a Shotspotter activation.
Police say a passenger in a Honda Accord pulled up and started firing shots directly at the other car, hitting the child. Police say the car the 3-year-old was in took off and brought the child to a hospital, where they later died.
Police identified the child as Randell Jones of Hartford.
Police confirm that the mother and two other young siblings (4 and 5-years-old) were in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Police said a male passenger was also in the victim’s vehicle. Police said he ran off after the shooting, and police believe he was the intended target.
The suspect’s vehicle, which was a stolen car out of Windsor Locks, has been found, but police continue to look for the person responsible.
“Our whole city’s heart breaks for the families of this little boy and this young man. These are crimes that wound our entire community.” Mayor Luke Bronin said during an evening press conference. “I am heartbroken and I am angry.”
“This is unacceptable! They need to come together to iron out differences and stop this shooting and violence and stuff like this. It’s unnecessary,” Thomas Lumpkin of Hartford told News 8.
Police say this is the eighth homicide in the city for 2021.
Activists are planning to gather Monday evening at Garden at Nelson streets to hold a prayer vigil for 3-year-old Randell and his family.
Monday afternoon, Hartford Police reported the intended victim of the shooting is cooperating with police.
Police have also now gotten a warrant to search the stolen vehicle and have begun to gather evidence from it. Looking for DNA or anything else that might reveal who was behind the wheel.
Hartford Police Lt. Aaron Boisvert told us he can’t recall the last time the department has seen a fatal shooting of such a young child.
This is an active investigation. Connecticut State Police is assisting, and the police department’s community partners are helping in any way they can.
Police urge anyone with information on this incident to call police at 860-722-TIPS (8477).