HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Two arrests have been made after a 19-year-old man died when the car he was driving was shot at before it crashed into a building on the Hartford/West Hartford line earlier this month.
Police said that just after 2 p.m. on July 6, officers responded to a shooting that occurred in the area of 1034 Capital Ave. in Hartford. Three people were in a vehicle that was traveling westbound on Capitol Avenue when it was fired upon.
The car involved in that shooting then crashed into the side of the building located at 1037 Boulevard in West Hartford.
According to police, the driver, 19-year-old Junny Lara-Velazquez, of Hartford, and a passenger, a 17-year-old girl, were injured. Lara-Velazquez, who was shot in the head, died short after the crash.
Officers said the teen female was shot in the thigh/buttocks. She was treated and released from the hospital. The third passenger, a teen female, was not shot but did sustain minor injuries as a result of the collision.
After an investigation, on July 17 Edwin Franqui, of Hartford, was arrested. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a firearm and high capacity magazine.
Then on July 23, police located the second suspect, 29-year-old Edwin Franqui, in a Hartford apartment. He is the brother of the Edwin Franqui who was previously arrested on July 17. He was charged with murder, accessory to murder, assault, pistol without a permit and criminal use of a firearm. He was held on $1,250,000 bond.
One witness told News 8 what he saw when he was going for a walk in the area when the incident occurred.
“Like 20 police officers were trying to provide assistance to a female that was down by the street by the tree over there near the street light, and she looked like she was in grave condition,” Sam Falcon, of Hartford, said. “And then another girl was just yelling about something happening, and then the pulled a guy out of the vehicle who looked unresponsive.”
Police said the victims seemed to be the targets of the attack. They asked drivers to stay away from the area during the investigation.
Those with security cameras in the area (residential and commercial) are asked to submit any relevant footage to the police. Anyone with information about the event is asked to call HPD at (860) 722-TIPS.
This is the 13th homicide in the city of Hartford since Jan. 1, 2020.
WEB EXTRA: Hartford Police give an update on Hartford/West Hartford shooting that left one dead – Monday at 5:30 p.m.