One person is dead and another critically injured after a quadruple shooting on Albany Avenue in Hartford Saturday.
Police said they responded to the 1100-block of Albany Avenue around 12:30 a.m. and found four male victims in their late 20s lying in the street and sidewalk. All four males had gunshot wounds, and police said one of them had a gun in his hand.
One man was pronounced dead at the scene and three others were taken to Saint Francis Hospital.
Police said one of the victims is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the eye. The other two victims are suffering non-life threatening injuries.
Police believe multiple people exchanged fire during what they’re calling a gun fight.
The Major Crimes Division has been called in to investigate. On Sunday police said they believed the shooting was drug-related.
This is the second deadly shooting in less than 24 hours in the capital city. On Friday night one person was killed and a second injured in a drive-by shooting on Durham Street.
Police say all of the people involved in these cases were men in their late 20’s and older with criminal histories, which investigators say indicates less of a youth problem in Hartford and more of a re-entry problem.
“I think our people coming back in from the prison population are struggling to find the resources and the programs they need to find a path to success,” said Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley.
Local activist Rev. Henry Brown called on state and local leaders to do more.
“Everybody is silent, like it’s not happening. It’s happening. This is real. This is like a nightmare here in Hartford,” Brown said.
A local businessman said he appreciated that the city is trying to curb the violence, but it continues to be an issue.
“The city has been doing a lot of work to curb the violence in Hartford right now, churches are helping out, everybody’s helping out to do that, but these kids, some of them are real stupid. They have a lot of issues and their frustrations seem to be coming out on the streets,” said Westside Business Owner Milton Earlington.