Sources identified Candace Strickland as the woman shot in Hartford over the weekend. (Facebook photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
A 30-year-old mother is recovering after she was shot multiple times in the head and arm in her own neighborhood in Hartford Sunday afternoon.
Police said 30-year-old Candace Strickland was shot on Adams Street shortly after 2 p.m.
Strickland, who is a mother of three, was taken to St. Francis Hospital, and according to police, the bullet is lodged in the woman's head. She is expected to make a full recovery.
"She's just thanking God right now, saying how blessed she is that she survived that because a lot of people don't come out after getting shot in the head," said Strickland's relative, who did not want to be identified.
Strickland's relative called the recovery "a miracle" and was doing well enough to update friends and family on Facebook.
"I was at the hospital. She's doing great. She's improving fast," said Strickland's relative. "Next couple of days/weeks, she should be out of the hospital, but I don't know for sure right now."
According to police, there was an exchange of gunfire. Strickland, who was also hit in the arm, was alert and conscious when police arrived on the scene.
"I'm very sorry. I'm glad is wasn't me. Violence needs to stop the shooting, it's bad. It's getting out of control," Dwayne Jackson said.
Investigators said they are looking into whether Sunday's shooting could be connected to other more recent police activity nearby.
Detectives told Eyewitness News the driver fled before they arrived, but they did get a chance to talk to the victim on Monday when she reached out to police from the hospital.
Police said Strickland isn't fully cooperating at this time.
"The investigation is progressing. We're developing decent leads," said Hartford police Deputy Chief Brian Foley. "Hopefully, we'll have more tomorrow."
The area is right off a busy stretch of Albany Avenue. Police were looking inside of a white car, which is parked on the left side of Adams Street. The back windshield of the car is shattered, but there is no word on what role the car plays in this shooting.
The Hartford Police Major Crimes Division continues to investigate the shooting and those with information are 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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