Vernon police, CSP searching for single male after shooting in Tolland County

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TOLLAND COUNTY, Conn. (WTNH) — Vernon Police and Connecticut State Police (CSP) are continuing to investigate a shooting that happened early Friday morning.

Investigators are canvassing neighborhoods in Somers where the shooter is believed to have fled.

In an update on Sunday, Police report that they believe a single male fled on foot following the pursuit. Authorities report they are working to get a reliable description of the male but do not believe the shooter is in the Somers area or has ties to Somers.

Vernon Police are working with Massachusetts authorities in their attempts to identify and apprehend the shooter. In addition, officials report they have been working with CT State Forensic lab to analyze evidence seized.

Police are asking residents in Somers to check their home surveillance cameras Friday between 12:50 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. to look for a suspicious individual.

Anyone who has video footage they believe may be relevant to the investigation is asked to contact Detective Charles Hicking at 860-872-9126 or chicking@vernon-ct.gov.

This investigation remains active. Anyone with information is asked to call Vernon Police at 860-872-9126. Police report that callers may remain anonymous.


Just after 12:30 a.m. Friday, police were called to Parkwest Drive after a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, they found that an apartment has been hit by gunfire. The apartment was occupied at the time; however, no one was injured.

A short time later, officers said they saw the vehicle believed to be involved on Route 83 in Somers. The officers tried to stop the car but a pursuit ensued. The chase ended when the car became “disabled.” Reports indicate the suspect(s) fled on foot.

Police K-9s as well as a drone have been deployed.

The suspect(s) are considered armed and dangerous. They were last seen in the area of Route 190 and Route 83 in Somers.

People in the area are asked to remain inside, lock their doors and call 911 if they observe any suspicious individuals. A shelter-in-place order has been lifted, but residents are asked to use extra caution when out and about.

Police departments from Enfield and East Windsor have joined in the search.

The car was seized and has a Massachusetts registration.

Somers Public Schools will now be moving to full-remote learning Friday, based on their two-hour delay schedule, due to ongoing police activity.

Based on the initial investigation, it is believed a disturbance preceded the shooting. Police have
arrested one individual in connection with this disturbance.

This person is expected to appear in Rockville Superior Court on Friday.

No other information was released.

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