A 19-year-old shooting victim from Hartford talked to Channel 3 Eyewitness News exclusively just hours after one of his alleged shooters and an accomplice made their first court appearance.
The arrests of a man and his girlfriend were made thanks to Hartford's Shooting Task Force, which picked up the pair on Wednesday night.
Brian Starks said he can't even count the number of surgeries he's had since being shot more than a dozen times near Barbour and Judson streets in October.
"I can't even stand up and make my own meals," he said. "If I stand up straight my legs start to hurt."
Life is different these days for Starks, who said he was on his way to meet a friend last October when he glanced up and saw a masked man pointing a gun in his direction.
"As I'm about to run," he said. "He shot me. The first shot hit me in the right leg and I fell. Then police said the other two were chasing my friend I was hit with. I stayed there and one was shooting at me."
Wednesday night in Hartford, police arrested one of Stark's three alleged shooters.
According to arrest papers, his name is Adrian Cruz.
On Thursday, he appeared in court for the first time after being charged with attempted murder and assault.
Also arrested and arraigned after Cruz was his girlfriend Virginia "Lisa" Moore.
She was overcome with emotion after a judge set her bail at $350,000 on a charge of accessory to attempted murder and other charges.
Channel 3's Jill Konopka asked Stark what he would like to see done.
He replied, "Justice. That's all. I'd like to see them behind bars (because) it (isn't) right."
"She's a security guard and a caregiver," said Moore's attorney, Joseph Sastre."Not the type of thing she'd be involved with."
"So, wrong place wrong time?" asked Konopka
"I'd say that," Sastre said.
Starks said he believes he was targeted, but isn't sure why. He said he's heard their names before, but that's all.
"I don't even know them," he said. "But you know how the North End is. All that gang violence."
What he knows now, is that his dream of playing college basketball were dashed that night.
There was also a second shooting victim that night.
More arrests are expected, and both suspects will appear in court next month.
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