HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are piecing together what happened at the Majestic Lounge early Sunday morning and say they’re searching for a second suspect.
Investigators say that a second person was in the car with the alleged gunman trying to get away from the scene when the car crashed. According to police, 30-year-old Joshua Saez allegedly shot and killed 28-year-old Marquis Treadwell after a fight broke out at the club along Franklin Avenue.
Saez was reportedly arraigned on Tuesday in his hospital room on murder charges among others.
While members of the Hartford community gathered for a vigil to honor Treadwell during a shooting at the local night club, officials ordered its closing.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection announced that the Majestic Lounge was served with a summary suspension of its liquor permit at the request of Hartford police and the club will be closed as a result.
According to the statement, “DCP’s Liquor Control Division has begun their investigation of this incident, and the establishment will remain closed under a summary suspension until further notice.”
In addition to Treadwell, four others were injured after several shots were fired just before 2 a.m. at the Majestic Lounge.
Saez was struck by gunfire during the incident and then crashed his car near Maple Avenue while trying to take off from the area. Reports state Treadwell had a gun but handed it to a friend who shot Saez. Officers are searching for that unidentified friend.
Those injured were a 19-year-old woman, a 30-year-old woman, a 34-year-old man, and a 30-year-old man. The 30-year-old woman was reportedly shot nine times but police were able to quickly give her aid.
Saez was arraigned Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with murder, criminal attempted murder, two counts of assault, criminal possession of a firearm, and criminal use of a firearm.
He’s being held on a $1,750,000 bond.
Treadwell’s father was among the many at the vigil Tuesday night. He said this is the second child he’s had to bury due to gun violence.
“My second child that I have had to bury [to gun violence]. It’s senseless.”
“He [Treadwell] would walk in a room and you couldn’t help but smile because he had that vibe, it came in with him do you know,” said his sister, Kelsey Treadwell.
Some residents who attended the vigil said they feel city leaders aren’t doing enough to stop the violence.
“It seems to me like the city of Hartford has become immune to the violence, and we want to talk about it, after the fact, but we’re not doing anything to prevent it,” said Henry Brown.