Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include the correct spelling of two victims’ names.
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Three people are dead and one man is injured following a night of violence in Hartford on Saturday, according to police.
Saturday night saw two active homicide scenes. The first being a shooting at about 12:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Wethersfield Avenue.
Hartford police responded to calls of shots fired and located a young man with gunshot wounds. The victim, 24-year-old Jordan Phipps from Bloomfield, was pronounced dead at the scene. A second man was located at Hartford Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Chan Williams-Bey has been charged with murder in connection to the shooting, according to authorities. He was out on bond for first-degree assault for a 2021 attack. He is now being held on $5 million bond.
The second incident was a double homicide at about 1:50 a.m. in the 80 block of Sterling Street. Two victims were found on the porch of the residence with multiple gunshot wounds.
One victim, 23-year-old William Tisdol, was unresponsive and transported by EMS to St. Francis Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The other victim, 27-year-old Hakeem Dickson, was pronounced dead at the scene. Both men were from Hartford.
Investigations lead police to believe that three shooters were present at the Sterling Street shooting. Police described the scene as an ambush.
Mayor Luke Bronin and Police Chief Jason Thody spoke on how quickly police arrested Williams-Bey. Bronin said Williams-Bey’s extensive criminal history highlights how the current laws and systems are failing the community.
“I’m angry this person was not in jail, I’m angry that this person was out in the community and able to continue to commit acts of violence that take people’s lives and traumatize the community. This person should have been locked up,” Bronin said.
In 2021, Williams-Bey was arrested and charged with murder for the homicide of a 37-year-old man in Hartford. He was also charged with assault and carrying a pistol without a permit. Bronin said bond was set at $1.7 million but then reduced to $250,000. Williams-Bey posted bond and was on a pre-trial release when police arrested him Sunday.
“Some of those detectives that were on the scene last night were some of the same detectives that have taken this individual into custody in previous incidents and here they are reinvestigating a tragic loss of life that didn’t have to happen,” Thody said.
A law increasing bail for people with repeated serious firearm offenses was passed this legislative session. Bronin hopes it keeps repeat offenders like Williams-Bey off the street.
“It will mean that when we have people who are serious repeat firearm offenders, that more often they are held accountable,” Bronin said. “That more often, they remain in custody and not able to continue reeking havoc and causing violence in this community.”
None of the evidence shows a connection between the two incidents.