Hartford Police identify victim of Blue Hills Avenue homicide Wednesday

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford Police have identified the victim of a homicide in the area of Blue Hills Avenue Wednesday.

Police said the victim, 25-year-old Zayon Collier of Hartford, was found dead with apparent gunshot wounds inside one of the apartments at 69 Blue Hills Avenue. He was a resident of the building, according to police.

Lt. Boisvert said dispatch received a call just before noon Wednesday from a resident reporting gunshot damage inside a stairwell within the building at 69 Blue Hills Avenue.

He said officers observed bullet holes and shell casings upon arriving and entering the building. At that point, he said officers began knocking on doors to make sure everyone who lived in the building was accounted for.

He said officers received no answer at one of the doors and that when they opened the door, they discovered the victim, who was deceased on the floor.

From what police know at this point, they believe the act was targeted and not random. A person of interest has not been identified yet.

Lt. Boisvert said just after midnight last night, a citizen caller reported hearing shots in this area. Officers responded and canvassed the area. The doors to the building were locked and Lt. Boisvert said they felt there was no reason to go inside at that point. Police believe the homicide is connected to this report.

Anyone with any information can call Hartford PD’s anonymous tip line at (860) 722-8477.

This is a developing story. Stay with WTNH.com and the News 8 app as more information becomes available.

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