Children witnessed a homicide in Hartford on Tuesday night when a 29-year-old man was shot in the head in front of a doughnut shop, according to police.
Police said they responded to the shooting in front the Dunkin' Donuts on Washington Street, across the street from Connecticut Children's Medical Center, around 7:20 p.m. and 29-year-old Oscar Salgado of Hartford with a gunshot wound to his head.
Salgado was pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital.
The investigation is underway and officers are looking through surveillance footage, but authorities said there is good reason to believe the shooting was somehow drug related.
Young children witnessed the shooting, according to police. No information is available on the relationship between the victim and the children, who are now with their mother now, police said.
This was the ninth homicide of the year in Hartford this year.
"It's not going to be solved overnight. The violence we see is deeply rooted," Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said. "It's rooted in poverty, in a lack of hope and opportunity for so many people."