HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are investigating a murder-suicide Thursday in Hartford that left two men dead.
Police responded to Clark Street between Capen Street and Nelson Street just before noon following ShotSpotter notifications.
Hartford police Lt. Aaron Boisvert said 73-year-old Preeman Faniel and 67-year-old Luis Dejesus had “a minor argument” outside a senior living complex, which led to Dejesus shooting Faniel before he turned the gun on himself.
Boisvert said the two men lived at the complex, but it’s unknown now what the argument was about.
“We have a pretty good idea of what happened,” Boisvert said. “In fact, we have some good video.”
News 8 spoke with Teddy Simpson, who said he heard two arguing but never expected to hear eight gunshots moments later.
“Shot him in the back six times and then walked up to him, and he shot two more times, pow, pow, while he was on the ground,” Simpson said.
Faniel was taken to a hospital, where police said he was pronounced dead. His family said he acted in comedic plays and was a member of his church’s choir.
Faniel’s cousin, who did not want to be identified, told News 8 they were together earlier in the day.
“Makes me feel sad because he was alright,” the cousin said. “He was laughing and joking. That should have never happened.”