Arrest made in fatal Hartford shooting on Wethersfield Ave.


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Authorities announced Wednesday they have made an arrest in the investigation of a homicide in Hartford May 26.

Police identified the suspect as Johnny Rodriguez, 23, of West Hartford.

He is behind bars Wednesday and is charged with murder and possession of a pistol without a permit. He is being held on $1.5 million bond.

Around 3 p.m. on May 26, a man was shot and killed on 530 Wethersfield Ave. in Hartford.

Officers were called to the scene after reports of six shots fired. Upon arrival, they came into contact with a person speeding away, and a chase ensued.

Police said they were led to Interstate 91 South and then back to the crime scene, where the driver was taken into custody.

The 29-year-old victim suffering gunshot wounds to the torso was pronounced deceased at Hartford Hospital. His identity has not yet been released.

After a brief investigation, officials determined that at least 10 rounds were fired after an argument in the area. It is unclear if the shooter and victim knew each other.

A handgun was recovered on I-91; police said it was taken to ballistics to see if it was involved in this shooting.

Police said Wethersfield Avenue between Preston and Adelaide streets would be closed into the late evening. It was reopened around 8:30 p.m.

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