HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Two brothers were killed in what police believe was a targeted shooting in Hartford early Wednesday morning.
Hartford police said they received a 911 call around 1 a.m. reporting that someone was shot inside a second-floor apartment on Barker Street.
Officers found Cesar Deaza-Escobar, 20, and Jonas Deaza-Escobar, 19, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to the hospital, where police said they died shortly after arriving.
Cesar Deaza-Escobar had just turned 20 years old on Tuesday. Hartford Lt. Aaron Boisvert said they are not aware of any birthday party that took place.
“I was there when they [the victims’ family] found out. It was very emotional,” Boisvert said Wednesday morning. “They were very upset, clearly, obviously. We were upset. It was as you would imagine it to be.”
Investigators believe it was a targeted attack and that the suspect or suspects entered the home through the back. Police are unsure whether anyone else was home at the time of the shooting, as the brothers lived in a three-person house.
Police do not believe this is related to the double shooting that occurred Tuesday afternoon in downtown Hartford.
There are no suspects at this time, officers stated. Officials said they are reviewing surveillance cameras and talking with witnesses in the area.
The deadly double shooting marks Hartford’s 37th and 38th homicide so far this year.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Hartford Police Department’s tip line at 860-722-TIPS.