Hartford police: Woman dead, man injured in overnight shooting at large party
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A woman is dead and a man is recovering after a shooting early Monday morning in Hartford.
Police said it happened on Shultas Place around 2:17 a.m. at a large party.
The victim has been identified as Jayla Heaven, 22, of Hartford.
When police arrived, Jayla, who would’ve turned 23 in two weeks, was not moving in the backyard.
She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Hartford police gave an update on the investigation Monday morning:
Police said a second victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound and is expected to survive.
Hundreds of people attended the party and a fight broke out, police said.
“We believe that there were dozens of people who witnessed this incident,” said Hartford police Lieutenant Aaron Boisvert. “They were caught in the crossfire.”
Police believe the victims were not the intended targets.
“We’re hoping someone will come forward with video we can view. We are looking for video on scene and in the neighborhood. It was pretty chaotic when police got there. There were hundreds of people there, lots to do, lots of evidence to process,” said Boisvert.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News the residence was a notorious party house for several years.
They say for at least two years, hundreds of people would flow through this home for these weekend parties.
“Real bad, sometimes, fights in the front, cars are vandalized too,” said a neighbor.
Last night, police say there were no complaints until they were called for the shooting. Neighbors hope this tragedy will be what it takes to get the weekend parties to stop.
“I hope so. A person died, you know. They should have some respect for their family and have some consideration for other people in the neighborhood,” said a neighbor.
Police said they will be boosting patrols in the south end of Hartford Monday night.
This is because five minutes prior to this shooting, there was another on Wethersfield Ave. Police say that was not connected to this tragedy.
Hartford police continue to investigate the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hartford Police Tip Line at 860-722-TIPS (8477).
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