A 21-year-old man is behind bars after police said he fired several rounds while children were near him.
Hartford police responded to a shooting on Wethersfield Avenue just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday. A caller told police the shooter entered an apartment.
When officers arrived, they said they found someone yelling for help from an apartment window.
They said they found that a rear door to the apartment had been forced open.
The shooting led to the arrest of a convicted felon from Wethersfield.
Police said Yamil Rohena, a man with an extensive arrest history in Hartford, was on supervised parole at the time of the incident.
A fully-loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun was discovered and secured, according to police.
A victim was found to have a gunshot wound to his right bicep. He was brought to Hartford Hospital and later listed in stable condition.
Detectives found shell casings, projectiles and damage consistent with the gun officers recovered. The evidence was located on the rear porch and in the kitchen area of the apartment.
Investigators said they learned that Rohena knocked on the rear door and had a verbal confrontation with a relative of the victim. When the victim intervened, police said Rohena took out the gun and fired.
A struggle afterward led to the suspect and the victim falling through the door of a neighboring apartment. Rohena then continued to fire at the victim, but missed, according to police.
At the time, the second apartment was occupied by seven young children, police said.
Detectives said the victim was able to disarm Rohena and keep him that way until police arrived.
No one else was hurt.
Police said Rohena was on parole for a serious assault with a firearm that happened on Nelson Street in 2014.
Rohena was charged with first-degree assault, unlawful discharge of a firearm, first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a firearm, having a pistol without a permit, possession of a high capacity magazine and seven counts of risk of injury.
On Sunday, a 10-year-old girl was shot in the face. She is now recovering. That shooting happened on Branford Street, and 11 gunshots were detected by policing equipment. No arrests have been made in this case.
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