The man pulled from a burning vehicle in Hartford on Monday night has died and now police are investigating his death as a homicide, according to officials.
Hartford police said they responded to reports of shots being fired in the area around 10 p.m., as well as the car fire on Monroe Street near New Britain Avenue around the same time.
After 36-year-old Ricardo Arroyo, of Wethersfield, was pulled from the burning vehicle, he was discovered to have head trauma, which police said they believed to be a gunshot wound.
"This is unbelievable," said Hartford resident Travis Santiago. "I walk through here every day and it's decent. It's just a shock."
Police said Arroyo was sitting in the driver's seat of the burning Chevy Tahoe.
"I never hear about somebody getting shot in their car around here, it's the first it's happened," said Jose Zayas of Hartford. "It is pretty scary."
Neighbors are now left to wonder who would have done something like this.
"I heard about what happened and I'm sorry," said Hartford resident Allen Reese. "My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
The incident is under investigation by the Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Division. The police do not have any suspects right now.
"Hopefully, they find the people that did it," said Travis Santiago of Hartford.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call 860-757-4089 or the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All tips will be kept confidential.
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