A 27-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot in the abdomen and leg Tuesday night in Hartford's North End.
The shooting of Jermaine McClean, 27, happened at 74 Baltimore Street, blocks away from one of six National Night Out celebrations that took place around the city earlier Tuesday evening. The event was meant to discourage violence and build relationships between the community and police after what has been a violent summer.
"I think it represents a togetherness," Desiree Briggs, of Hartford, said of the event. "A coming together a community just all of us coming together because we’re in this community so we need to be working together to try and function for all of us."
That was before police responded to Baltimore Street at about 10:06 p.m. on Tuesday after receiving numerous 911 calls reporting shots fired and a person shot near Albany Avenue and Baltimore Street. Police located the scene, but didn't find any victims there.
Shortly after that, McClean arrived at Saint Francis Hospital to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds to his legs and abdominal area. He was rushed into surgery. McClean was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.
"That’s the information that we’re getting right now that he was shot at this location transported by private vehicle," Hartford police Sgt. Paul Cicero said. "We received no calls prior to this that there was any kind of altercation. We just got a call that the party was shot and transported by private vehicle. We have that vehicle and the party that did in fact transport him."
Investigators taped off the intersection of Albany Avenue and Baltimore Street Tuesday night. Major crimes detectives responded and are overseeing the investigation. Police have interviewed several people, but haven't identified any suspects at this time.
Beyond community events, Hartford also has resources from the state, including four additional troopers, helping them fight crime.
Even though the latest victim of violence in the capital city is expected to survive, there have been 20 homicides so far this year, the highest in all of New England.