Police say that a homicide investigation is underway at 131 Old Country Road after officers responded to a shooting there around 10:50 a.m. Upon arrival, officers found one man with multiple gunshot wounds and no sign of life near the back door.
The victim was identified as Leroy Jefferson, 35, of Hartford. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
According to police, the person who resides in the apartment complex where the shooting occurred, Antwon Barnes, 31, is the suspect in the shooting.
According to police, Barnes confronted Jefferson and his ex (a female who lives in the same apartment complex but a different unit) in the hallway of the building, drew a handgun from a bag, and fired at Jefferson multiple times.
Before fleeing the scene, Barnes turned the gun on the female (his ex-girlfriend). Barnes pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire.
He fled in a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder, drove to the Roncari parking service lot in Windsor Locks where he left his vehicle and stole another vehicle.
Barnes started driving toward Hartford and called the aforementioned ex-girlfriend who was with a Windsor Locks Police Officer at the crime scene. The officer was able to contact Barnes by phone and convinced him to turn himself in to Hartford Police. Barnes was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s fortunate for all of us that it ended this way,” said Hartford Lt. Paul Cherniack.
Police also said that the son Barnes and his ex have together was safe at school during the incident.
A neighbor who wishes to remain unidentified told News 8 that the realization that the suspect was Barnes surprised her: “When I saw the picture, I was like ‘oh my gosh.’ It just broke my heart. Hard working man. He doesn’t make noise at all. Very quiet, keeps to himself. You always see him with his family.”
Police reported Wednesday that they admitted Barnes to Hartford Hospital for a health issue and brought formal charges against Barnes at his hospital bed this afternoon. He has been charged with Murder (for the murder of Jefferson), Criminal Attempt Murder (for the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend), and Larceny (for the stolen vehicle).
His bond is st at $2 million.
Police released the 911 call from the incident Wednesday afternoon. The ex-girlfriend can be heard crying over the phone to the dispatcher, “He’s dead; he shot him so many times” she said of Jefferson.
She was able to tell the dispatcher the names of the suspect and victim involved before police arrived.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
Stay tuned to WTNH.com for updates as they become available.