HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police have identified the man killed in a shooting Friday.
Lt. Aaron Boisvert said officers responded to a 911 call for the report of shots fired on the 200 block of Sigourney Street, near Ashley Street, around 11:30 a.m.
Officers found a man unresponsive on the sidewalk. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was later identified by police as Michael Foley, 25, of Hartford.
A second victim showed up at the hospital with what Boisvert said appears to be a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
Boisvert said the homicide victim appears to have been the intended target, and the other man was “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Investigators said they believe the suspect was on foot.
Hartford’s Major Crimes Unit is investigating. The shooting was caught on camera and detectives are going through the video.
No additional information was immediately available on the victims.
This is the city’s 11th homicide of the year. That is almost twice as many homicides in the city as there were this time last year. Community leaders are trying to get out in front of it.
“Christ died on Good Friday and you would think today would’ve been a good day for everybody to celebrate that, but unfortunately here we are mourning the loss of another young man’s life here in Hartford, Connecticut,” said Rev. Henry Brown, Mothers United Against Violence.
Brown hopes by talking to people in the community, they will be able to slow the cycle going into the summer.
“I think a lot of these shootings are retaliation. I think that, you shoot mine, we shoot yours. It’s ongoing. They don’t matter when they shoot, daylight, nighttime, whenever. If I see you, I’m going to open fire.”
Brown said Mothers United Against Violence are working with the community, trying to get families to take a pause and relax when there is a shooting. They say that will hopefully reduce the retaliation.
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