Man suspected of shooting 4 at Hamden bar arrested

Heshimu Barker. (Hamden police photo)

Police in Hamden said they arrested a man who shot four people in a bar last month.

They said Heshimu Barker, 44, of New Haven, was arrested at his girlfriend's house on Tuesday.

The investigation began after police responded to the area of Dixwell Avenue and Morse Street on Aug. 20.

It was a report of multiple gunshot victims at the Highwood Bar and Grill.

Four victims were found there and treated at the scene. Three of them were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the victims were hit while on a bench outside of the business.

The shooter fled in a vehicle.

The investigation revealed Barker as the suspect, which led to an arrest warrant.

Hamden detectives, along with members of the U.S. Marshal Service Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force and North Branford Police Department, found Barker at his girlfriend's house on Reeds Gap Road in Northford.

He was charged with four counts of first-degree assault, criminal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.

Barker was detained on a court-ordered $500,000 bond and given a court date of Oct. 4 in Meriden.

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