Shooting investigations lead to confiscated guns in Hartford

The fire arms seized by Hartford police on Wednesday. (Hartford police photo)

Hartford police took two guns off the streets on Wednesday following investigations into a number of shootings in the Branford Street area.

Officers arrested 32-year-old Jonathan Williams of Windsor and 27-year-old Jonathan Weaver of Bloomfield after conducting surveillance in the area.

Detectives said they saw a known suspect who was recently involved in a shooting drive in a vehicle seen during a drug transaction.

They stopped the vehicle and found that a passenger in the vehicle had a gun magazine sticking out of the front of his pants.

Both the driver and passenger were removed from the vehicle.

Both were found to have a loaded Ruger 9 mm pistol, according to police.

Williams was charged with possession of a high capacity magazine and failure to use a traffic signal. He did have a pistol permit, according to police.

Weaver was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, weapons in a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a high-capacity magazine and possession of a controlled substance.

Police said they seized the Ruger and 12 rounds of a magazine, both from Williams.

They also recovered a stolen Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol with 9 rounds, along with a second loaded magazine containing 14 rounds.

The gun was reported stolen in June of 2009, police said.

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