Hartford police are investigating a double homicide that happened late Monday night.
Officers identified the couple as 22-year-old Joshua Cortez of Hartford and 23-year-old Alysha Ocasio of Newington.
Loved ones arrived later Tuesday morning to place candles at the scene.
According to police, officers were called to the scene near Campfield Avenue and Cowles Street. They said calls reporting the incident starting coming in around 10:30 p.m. Monday. The shooting was also detected by the city's Shot Spotter technology.
"This is not a neighborhood that's seen a lot of violent crime, if any at all, through the course of my career and that spans just about 18 years," said Lt. Brandon O'Brien, Hartford police. "This is out of character certainly for this neighborhood."
Neighbors said the news had them rattled.
"Very concerned to know that something like this happened right here," said Beryl Gordon, a neighbor. "It's a very quiet neighborhood. Over the years things change but not as drastic as this."
Police said the incident was likely due to boyfriend-girlfriend relationship issues that escalated among several people.
Cortez was found in the street while Ocasio was found seated in a vehicle.
A perimeter was established around 100 Cowles St. that remained in place well into Tuesday morning.
Police said Cortez was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:40 p.m. and Ocasio was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead just before 11 p.m.
Both were victims of apparent gunshot wounds, according to investigators.
Police said they are investigating it as a double homicide.
Last nights 10-89 x2 was likely due to bf/gf -relationship issues that was escalating amongst several people. Investigation advancing.— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) May 17, 2016
No suspect information was available; however, police said they expected to make an arrest soon.
The deaths are the sixth and seventh homicides of the year in Hartford.
At this point last year, the city had nine homicides. That number jumped to 12 by May 27, 2015.
Candle at site of shooting in Hartford. Police have ID'd the victims as 22yo Joshua Cortez and 23yo Alysha Ocasio. pic.twitter.com/LOyRniFL5F— Sujata Jain (@SujataTV) May 17, 2016
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