Police are investigating after what witnesses are calling a drive-by shooting in one of Hartford's busiest retail areas Wednesday afternoon.
Investigators believe the incident started in a parking near the Park and Lawrence streets around 2 p.m.
"This is a busy area, kids in strollers, grandparents all walking around," said eyewitness Johnny Rosario, who could not contain his anger after watching dozens of people scramble for cover.
A 23-year-old man was riding a bicycle when he was shot by someone in a car that sped up, fired a half dozen rounds and then sped away, witnesses said.
The victim, who has no criminal history and gang affiliation, received a non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the right leg and shoulder. The Hartford resident is in stable condition at an area hospital.
Investigators believe the shooting happened after a "physical altercation which escalated."
Rosario is glad the man is OK, but the lifelong Hartford resident can't bear to see this kind of crime still going on in the Capital City.
"This is ridiculous," said Rosario, who added the violence in the city needs "to stop."
No schools in the area were placed into lockdown and no summer school programs were affected, according to a Hartford Public Schools spokesman.
There are no known suspects at this time, but there are a lot of cameras on Park Street, so it's possible that may aid investigators.
Anyone with information is urged to call Hartford police at 860-757-4000 or the tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.
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Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-07-23 11:06:51 GMT
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