HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - An arrest was made in the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy in Hartford.

Jaziah Smith

Jaziah Smith.

Police identified the suspect as 19-year-old Jaziah Smith.

They charged Smith with murdering Randel Jones.

An arrest was made in the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy in Hartford.

The shooting happened on April 10 around 2:25 p.m. on Nelson Street.

Randel and his siblings were passengers in a vehicle when it happened.

The shooting came from a passing vehicle.

Police initially responded to an alert from their Shot Spotter system.

While canvassing the area, they learned that Randel was taken to a hospital for a gunshot wound. At the time, the boy was listed in critical condition.

He later succumbed to the injuries.

An arrest was made in the shooting death of a 3-year-old boy in Hartford.

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On April 17, police said they identified Smith as the shooter. An arrest warrant was applied for and granted.

Monday morning, police took Smith into custody without incident.

His bond was set at $2.5 million during a court arraignment on Monday.

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A the arrest took place, loved ones of Jones Jr. were attending his funeral. 

"I broke down. I was strong for the family, but when I saw him, I broke down real hard," said Nidia Garba, Jones Jr.'s aunt. 

Police said they continue to investigate the case.

The case was related to the murder of 16-year-old Jamari Preston of New Britain, which happened less than a mile away on Magnolia Street.

However, there's no word if Smith was involved in that one.

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(4) comments


Where are all the protests about children getting murdered within the cities . How about the little 7 year old girl in McDonald’s drive thru in Chicago. This little boy and all the others harmed by gang violence. By individuals of their own culture.Those lives don’t matter. They matter the most. No protests for the little innocent ones.

Brian C. Duffy

There was a march in Hartford last week, ProudBoy.

From the Courant today:

"Detectives identified Smith as the shooter this past Saturday “after a week-long, intensive investigation” that included gathering video, conducting searches and interviewing witnesses and others with information about the incident, police said.

Some people came forward with information after attending a vigil for Randell last week, Thody said."

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT


The reason that you do not get many comments in this blog is because it is not under the story that you are commenting about. It is located under an obscene amount of ads and other stories. Please relocate this. To this story, didn’t this guy ever hear of BLM.

Brian C. Duffy

I recommend AdBlock and a real name.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT

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