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Jesus Perez was arrested for shooting a Hartford firefighter in Rocky Hill. (WFSB/State police) Jesus Perez was arrested for shooting a Hartford firefighter in Rocky Hill. (WFSB/State police)

Connecticut State Police have arrested a man in connection to an April shooting that left an off-duty Hartford firefighter injured. 

State Police arrested Jesus Perez on charges related to this incident. 

And although the suspect is behind bars, big questions remain and the victim's family is searching for answers.

The shooting took place on April 20, 2017 during the late evening hours in an industrial park. 

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the victim, Jimmy Ngo, suffering from a gun shot wound. 

It's unclear if the victim and the suspect knew each other, but they live a mile away from each other in Hartford.

Channel Three's Matthew Campbell asked both families and no one would say why they were at the industrial park late that night.

"He stays to himself. He doesn't interact with the neighborhood. I just see him take out the garbage on Tuesdays; he picks up his kids," neighbor Luis Solano said of Perez.

Neighbors describe Perez as a quiet family man, but for the last two months, he may have been hiding a secret.

On Monday, police arrested him for an attempted murder of Ngo.

"I've never seen him do anything bad," Solano said.

Neighbors are shocked at the charges. Perez is accused of shooting Ngo in the middle of the night, several times in the Rocky Hill industrial lot.

He's now charged with attempted murder, assault, robbery, criminal possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence.

Family members at Perez's Bonner Street home had no comment for us and Eyewitness News checked in with the Ngo family, who live a mile away.

While they didn't want to go on camera, they said their son nearly died.

They said he was shot three times.

The bullets striking the six year Hartford fire department veteran in the face, stomach and back.

Ngo's family said he is on the road to recovery and should be back on the job at the end of the month.

"It's scary because this is our neighborhood. We don't want that stuff here," neighbor Carmen Conde said.

Perez's neighbors are still shocked that a person who portrayed himself as a family man may soon be torn away from them.

"It's scary; it's a scary thing. He has two kids. I don't want to see him go away and see the kids miss his father," Solano said.

The Ngo family went on to say that no one told them about last night's arrest. We showed them a picture of Perez. He wasn't familiar to them either.

Again,  no one has said why they were in Rocky Hill, but those answers may come in court documents on Monday.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for more on this story. 

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