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Lockdown lifted at 2 Hartford Schools following report of armed individual; 2 in custody


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Two Hartford schools were under lockdown for a few hours Thursday following a report of an armed individual in the area, Hartford Police said.

Police got the call from Kinsella School officials at around 10:10 a.m. Thursday. They told police a student saw someone with a gun.

Police began a canvas of the area, and while speaking with Kinsella School security received a call from dispatch alerting them two males had fired off several rounds behind the school by Stonington Street only moments earlier and were walking eastbound through Colt Park.

The 911 caller was able to give police detailed clothing descriptions of the suspects.

A ‘Code Yellow’ lockdown was placed on Kinsella School on Van Block Avenue as well as nearby Sports and Medical Sciences Academy on Huyshope Avenue.

Police say, a ‘Code Yellow’ “locks entrances and exits to a school until a time determined safe by police.”

Police say their officers immediately saw and identified the two males described by the 911 caller. The suspects fled on foot toward the intersection of Van Block Avenue and Massek Street.

Police say one suspect ignored orders to ‘stop’ and ran from police.

Both were subsequently detained safely and without incident.

Lockdown was lifted for both schools just after 12 p.m. Thursday.

Police now have two men in custody: Elliott Guzman, 23, of East Hartford, and Angel Velazquez, 25 of Hartford.

When police made the arrests, Velazquez was in possession of a Glock firearm and high capacity magazine, and Guzman was in possession of a 50-round capacity drum magazine, containing 20 live rounds.

Neither had pistol permits.

When police canvassed the area where the suspects were alleged to have fired off several rounds, they located two spent casings.

Witnesses on scene identified the two suspects.

Glock 43 9mm handgun
High cap. magazine w/18 .40 caliber bullets
Promag drum magazine cont. 20 9mm bullets
Two (2) spent casings
Velazquez (Left), Guzman (Right)

Guzman is charged with unlawful discharge, pistol without a permit, possession of high capacity magazine, reckless endangerment, and interfering with police. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Velazquez is charged with unlawful discharge, pistol without a permit, possession of high capacity magazine, reckless endangerment. His bond is set at $500,000.

The arrests did not happen on school property.

This incident does not appear to have anything to do with the schools in the area, police said.

Police told News 8 multiple K-9s are tracking for potential other suspects or evidence.

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