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Hartford police make shooting arrest

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The Hartford Police Department made an arrest after a person was shot in the city overnight on Sunday. 

At about 12:03 a.m., there were reports of gunshots in the area of Garden and Edgewood Streets. According to police, there was also a ShotSpotter alert shortly after. 

Shooting Task Force investigators saw a silver Honda Accord driving away from the scene at a high rate of speed. The car was heading north on Garden Street. 

Officers were suspicious because of the car driving at a high rate of speed. According to police, the Honda also matched descriptions from a scene earlier where shots were fired at Albany Avenue and Oakland Terrace. 

STF investigators also saw a gray Acura leaving the scene at a high rate of speed and driving south on Garden Street. The Acura was stopped on Garden St. near Pliny St. and a gunshot victim was located in the passenger seat. 

An ambulance responded to the scene and brought the victim to St. Francis Hospital. The victim is a 23-year-old female and sustained not life-threatening injuries on the right side of her torso. 

The victim told police that the driver of the Honda shot at her for no apparent reason. 

According to police, the shooting scene was located at 593 Garden St. because of .45 caliber shell casings found. 

Officers put out a radio broadcast to be on the lookout for the suspect's vehicle. According to police and an extensive vehicle canvass commenced. 

At about 1:10 a.m. on Sunday, STF investigators saw the suspect's vehicle in a parking lot at 690 Albany Ave.

According to police, assisting units set up in the area and saw the suspect, 25-year-old Jermal McCall, enter his vehicle after exiting a store. 

McCall's vehicle was surrounded and he was taken into custody. According to police, there was a spent .45 caliber shell casing in plain view on the front seat. 

When investigators searching McCall's vehicle, they found one live .45 caliber round near the passenger's seat. Also, there was a double barreled sawed off shotgun in the trunk.

McCall later confessed to shooting off the shotgun on Albany Avenue and Oakland Terrrace, saying it stemmed from a fight at The Kabbalah House, according to police. He also admitted to the shooting at 593 Garden St., but told police that he didn't mean to hit anyone. 

According to police, McCall stated that the .45 caliber handgun fell out of the window of the car, but police have yet to locate the gun. 

McCall was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, first degree assault, first degree reckless endangerment and three other charges.

He is being held on a $750,000 bond. 

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