Sources told Eyewitness News that progress is being made in Hartford's latest homicide.
Police sources told Eyewitness News an arrest warrant has been signed for a suspect in the fatal shooting outside the Up or on the Rocks nightclub early Friday morning.
Officers from both Hartford and New Haven police have spent Saturday in New Haven searching for the suspect. The suspect is only being identified as a young man living in the Elm City.
The suspect is facing charges of murder and criminal possession of a firearm.
Police said it appears the shooting occurred after a disturbance that started inside the Up or on the Rocks and spilled out into the street as the nightclub was closing for the evening around 1 a.m.
The victim has been identified as a 21-year-old Miguel Delgado, of East Hartford. Police said he was rushed to St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police sources also told Eyewitness News Saturday that the fight inside the club that caused the shooting was over a spilled drink.
Friday's shooting is the Hartford's 17th homicide, police said.
This is the second incident at the nightclub this month. Brian Simpe, 19, of Manchester was shot and killed outside the club Aug. 4; police have arrested a suspect in that murder.
City officials pushed for action after the recent shooting. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said he is sending out letters to many downtown clubs and there was an increased police presence in downtown Hartford Friday night.
"If you let it affect your mood, you're letting the bad things take advantage of you," said Britta Gustafson of East Hampton, who was downtown Friday night.
Business owners said they are losing business because of the recent shootings.
"Yes, 60 percent of business," said Symmetry Lounge owner Elmer Herrera.
Herrera said he felt the effects from the earlier murder. He said he had a big weekend planned, but Friday's tragedy forced him to preemptively cancel a salsa artist booked for Saturday night.
"People think coming to Hartford is not safe," Herrera said.
Eyewitness News asked the industry insider for a solution to stop the violence. Herrera said to "change the music and enforce a dress code."
Herrera also suggesting not having people under the age of 18 in the same place as people over the legal drinking age.
Police said in both instances, the club was hosting an underage night.
Right now, there are laws allowing 18 and over nights, but the mayor will be talking with state officials to see if those laws could be changed.
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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