Man Dead After Shooting Outside 50th Birthday Party in New Britain

New Britain police have identified a man shot and killed outside a house on Park Street in New Britain on Aug. 1.

The victim was attending a family party and was shot around 9 p.m. He has stepped outside to a vehicle in the parking lot and was walking back to the house when he was shot, according to police.

He has been identified as 32-year-old Gabriel Pereira, of Hartford.

Witnesses said people were gathered for a 50th birthday party and children were present when the shooting happened. 

Authorities said the shooting does not appear to be a random act.

“It sounded all together like about seven gunshots and it was so loud, it sounded like it was like right next to my window. That’s how loud it was,” Angel Mercado, of New Britain, said.

Police have not said how many gunshots were fired.

Pereira was rushed to the hospital, where he later died. 

Police have not arrested anyone and they ask people with information about the shooting to call the New Britain Police Department at 860-826-3132 or leave an anonymous tip on the tip line at 860-826-3199 or online at NewBritainPolice.org.     

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