SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) - A shooting suspect who led a search through Rogers Orchard in Southington last week remained on the loose as of Monday afternoon.

Police worked Friday morning into the weekend to find the person responsible for the shooting on Interstate 84 in Cheshire.

After that, state police said they responded to Rogers Orchard in Southington to search for the "armed and dangerous" suspect.

A manhunt continues in Southington.

A news conference happened around noon Friday during which they told neighbors to expect a heavy police presence. They combed through the area with a helicopter, an armored truck, and several K9 units.

People living in the area of Rogers Orchard on the Southington/Wolcott line were asked to stay in their homes.`

A manhunt is underway for the suspect in a shooting this morning on Interstate 84.

"[I'm] nervous, but I have faith the Wolcott, Cheshire, Southington, state police have a group of highly dedicated officers and they will catch him, and they’re really great at what they do," Wolcott resident Rick Kulmann said.

People living in the area of Roger's Orchard on the Southington/Wolcott line were asked to stay in their homes. Here is footage from the scene.

Earlier in the morning, state police were sent to Interstate 84 west in the area of exit 26, right on the Cheshire/Waterbury line, for reports of a shooting.

A victim was transported to a local hospital. The extent of the injuries were unknown.

State police said they're searching for a 31-year-old male suspect who is approximately 5'8" tall and weighs about 180 pounds.

They said he is believed to have dark facial hair and possibly a beard.

"If seen in the area, please call 911, do not approach," Wolcott police posted to social media. 

Troopers said they are working with Wolcott and Southington police.

"There is a search being conducted in the area of Rogers Orchards," state police said. "A reverse 911 was conducted to the residents in the area. We ask everyone to please avoid the area if possible."

Police are searching an armed suspect near an orchard in Southington who they believe is connected to a shooting that closed a highway in Cheshire.

State police said they called off their search on Friday. However, Monday afternoon that said they were still searching for the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to give State police a call at 203-267-2240.

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