Three shot, one dead following attempted carjacking in Hartford

Police in Hartford are investigating an attempted carjacking that left one person dead.
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 3:44 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2022 at 9:12 AM EDT
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Police in Hartford are investigating an attempted carjacking that left one person dead.

They said it happened on Park Street around 3:15 p.m. on Monday.

A victim was followed into the parking lot of 1429 Apartments by two people.

Those two people, according to police, approached the driver with guns drawn.

The driver, however, pulled out his own weapon and shot the would-be carjackers, police said.

The driver was hurt when the suspects returned fire.

In the exchange, one of the suspects was fatally shot. Police identified him as 23-year-old Jahziel Phillips-Ray.

The other suspect was 22-year-old Joseph Ray. Police said Ray suffered gunshot wounds but is expected to recover. He was arrested and remained in police custody as of Tuesday morning.

The driver was brought to a hospital in a private vehicle. The person was listed in critical-but-stable condition.

The person behind the wheel of the private vehicle is still being sought, police confirmed to Channel 3 on Tuesday morning.

“This is normally a quiet area. This area of Park Street doesn’t see too much crime. Unfortunately, we saw it tonight,” says Lt. Boisvert, Hartford Police Department.

It’s unclear if everyone involved knew each other.

Police said a lot of evidence was recovered from the scene, including multiple shell casings of different calibers.

Surveillance footage in the area is going to play a big role in the investigation.

Ray was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, first-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first-degree assault, and criminal attempt to commit murder.

Anyone with information about what happened was asked to contact Hartford police at 860-722-8477.

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