NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A 24-year-old man was arrested in connection to a double shooting inside an auto parts store on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington, police said.
Sherod Aldon Hackett, of Montville, was arrested Sunday night, about a half mile from the O’Reilly Auto Parts located at 3443 Berlin Turnpike, where police said Hackett shot two store employees — one of who is pregnant — around 6 p.m. Sunday.
Both victims — a man and a woman — were taken to the hospital and their conditions are unknown at this time. No customers were harmed during the incident.
Hackett took off before officers arrived at the store. Residents in a nearby neighborhood contacted police around 9 p.m. about a suspicious man walking in the area.
The suspect was taken into custody on Coronado Drive in Newington. He was transported to a hospital for injuries sustained prior to police contact, Newington police said.
Hackett is being held on a $1.5 million bond. He appeared in New Britain Superior Court on Monday in a wheelchair.
“He does work part-time for UberEats, so he does have limited financial means to meet any type of bond,” said Krista Notafrancesco, public defendant. “I do not need to remind the court that these are simply allegations at this point. He has been living in the Connecticut area for the last six to seven years with some family in the area.”
Hackett has a criminal record including possessing fentanyl last year in Vermont and stealing a car in Texas in 2019.
“Our hearts and prayers are with our team members and their families who were injured in this terrible event,” a statement from O’Reilly Auto Parts reads. “We remain focused on ensuring the safety and wellness of our team members and our customers and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement’s ongoing investigation into this incident. We cannot provide additional details at this time as this is an active and ongoing police investigation.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Det. Shannon LaChance at (860) 666-8445 and reference case #2200022599.