Search Continues for Suspect in Triple Shooting - NECN

Search Continues for Suspect in Triple Shooting

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    (Published Wednesday, March 29, 2017)

    Police are still searching for a 36-year-old man in connection to the shooting of a 12-year-old boy, a 17-year-old and a woman in New Britain on Wednesday morning , according to local officials. 

    The suspect, Jermaine Tyane Scott, should be considered armed and dangerous, police warned.

    Police said they obtained a warrant charging Scott with three counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, one count of criminal possession of a firearm, one count of criminal use of a firearm and one count of criminal possession of a high capacity magazine.

    His bond is set at $1 million. 

    It was earlier reported that two adult women and one juvenile were shot but police have corrected this information. 

    The shooting was not a “random incident” and it appears that “Scott and the victims have a domestic relationship,” according to New Britain police. 

    Police identified the victims as a woman, a 12-year-old and a 17-year-old.

    A source said Wednesday morning that the three shooting victims were a mother and her two children, with one being an adult child.

    According to school officials, the 12-year-old is a boy who attends a school in the New Britain school district.

    The names of the shooting victims have not been released. Police said they are looking into what happened before the shots were fired but they are not releasing information about any possible motive. 

    The investigation started just before 7 a.m. Wednesday when officers were sent to a home on Newington Avenue to investigate reports of gunshots and found two women and a child suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Another child in the home was not hurt, police said.

    The victims were taken to area trauma hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. Officials from Hartford Hospital said they received one victim. It's not clear if the victim at Hartford Hospital is one of the adults or the child.

    Police thought Scott might be hiding out in someone else's home and New Haven Police and New Britain Police searched a home together at 179 Thompson St. in New Haven in an effort to locate him, but he remains on the loose as of Thursday morning.

    Milagros Narvaez, who lives at the home, said she was asked to get into a police vehicle while her home was searched around 12:30 p.m.

    Police did not find anything inside the home, but they found three cellphones in Narvaez's garbage can outside the house.

    “They went through the whole house, attic, closets, my living room, put it upside down … but then to find out everything they were looking for was in the garbage can outside of the house," Narvaez told NBC Connecticut.

    She said she had left her home unlocked, so it was possible that someone could've gotten inside. 

    "I don’t even know the guy," Narvaez said.

    The shooting prompted a modified lockdown to be placed on Chamberlain Elementary School, located nearby at 120 Newington Ave., because of its close proximity to the home.

    During a modified lockdown, students can move about freely inside the building but are barred from going outside for recess or gym class until police says its safe to do so.

    "We have full confidence in our police department and in just talking with them this morning, their assurance that it was the safe and right thing to do to open our buildings today," Supt. Nancy Sarra said during a news conference.

    A New Britain public school spokesman said no children were at the school when the shooting happened because the school day had not begun.

    School officials said they brought social workers and school psychologists to Chamberlain Elementary to help students and assist teachers with questions.

    In addition to officers providing response to Chamberlain Elementary, there was also added police presence at the CCMC School, which is an affiliate of Connecticut Children's Medical Center and provides special education to students between the ages of 5 and 21, as a precaution.

    Police said it appears Scott has a violent criminal history and urged anyone who sees him not to approach him but to call New Britain police at 860-826-3000.

    The emergency department at Saint Francis Hospital was placed on lockdown after police "pinged" the suspect's cell phone in the area of the hospital, but the lockdown has since been lifted.

    Police also said bloodhounds found Scott's car on Olive Street, near the hospital, but they did not recover the weapon they are looking for.