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Man shot during alleged drug deal at Hartford Walmart has died

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Kenneth Reid was charged with one count of murder. (Hartford police/WFSB photos) Kenneth Reid was charged with one count of murder. (Hartford police/WFSB photos)
Kenneth Reid. (Hartford police photo) Kenneth Reid. (Hartford police photo)
A man was shot at a Walmart in Hartford Monday night. (WFSB photo) A man was shot at a Walmart in Hartford Monday night. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A 26-year-old man arrested for murder after a shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart in Hartford this week was able to walk out of court on Tuesday. 

Larry Williams, the 34-year-old victim from New Britain, was shot in the abdomen at the store on Flatbush Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday.

Police said they identified the suspect as 26-year-old Kenneth Reid of Windsor and arrested him and charged him with murder. He was initially held on a $1.5 million bond.

On Tuesday afternoon, a judge said there wasn't enough evidence right now, so Reid was being released from custody.

“Based on the fact that probable cause has not been found, you are being released on a promise to appear,” the judge said.

Reid will be in court again next month where we will learn more if this charge stands or it's thrown out.

Monday's shooting was reported by Walmart employees.

Reaid said he was meeting Williams to sell sunglasses. Police said the shooting happened as part of a drug deal. They said one man was trying to buy marijuana from another when both pulled weapons and fired.

“You see these large transactions in large parking lots across the nation. It's a common trend of drug dealers to do these transactions in large parking lots,” Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley said.

But friends of Reid told Eyewitness News differently. They said it was over Cartier Sunglasses that cost about $1,400 and drugs weren't not involved.

“He was telling him he wanted to purchase them and they exchanged numbers,” friend James Tate said. “And the dude didn't call them until yesterday.

During the transaction, Reid said Williams put a shotgun to his head, leading him to defend himself.

“It's a blessing. He deserves it,” Tate said. “If you check his history, he has never been in trouble.”

Eyewitness News found no criminal arrests in the court database.

Williams was shot three times. He succumbed to his injuries at Hartford Hospital around 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

Investigators said they found shell casings, a pound of marijuana and a pickup truck that was owned by the victim.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Monday, police said Reid called them. He eventually made contact with officers on Farmington Avenue, where he turned himself in.

He allegedly admitted that he fired in self-defense because the victim was trying to rob him.

In Reid's Saturn SUV was a shotgun that Reid said Williams tried to use against him. Reid also directed police to a 9 mm handgun used in the shooting, which was in his cousin's apartment on Farmington Avenue.

Reid has a valid Connecticut firearms permit, according to police. But, he will have to give up his gun for now.

A number of pieces of physical evidence were located by police, along with video surveillance from Walmart.

As a result, police said they had enough for probable cause, however the judge disagreed on Tuesday and released Reid.

Police continue to ask that anyone with information give them a call at 860-747-4248.

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