HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -- A 28-year-old year man is dead and four others were shot at a nightclub in the south end of Hartford early Sunday morning, according to Police.

Officers were called to the Majestic Lounge on Franklin Avenue around 1:30 a.m.

According to Police, two of the surviving victims are in surgery and the other two victims are stable.

One of the victims was being driven to the hospital by their brother and the car they were in crashed. However, they did make it to the hospital.

Preliminary information from Police indicates there was a disturbance inside the nightclub between two groups of people. 

It was not a random shooting and it's too early to determine if it's gang related, according to Lt. Paul Cicero.

Past problems at the nightclub prompted officers to post outside the nightclub.

Cicero said having officers nearby was beneficial because they were able to provide medical aid immediately.

Police are reviewing footage to see what led to the shooting.

The identity of the victim who was fatally shot has not been released.

There are no reports of an arrest and Police have not identified a suspect.

Mayor Bronin issued the following statement on the incident:

"Last night a dispute at a night club turned deadly because individuals were in possession of illegal hand guns, and tragically four people were injured and one person was killed.  Hartford Police Officers who were at the club responded immediately, running in the direction of gunfire, and their heroic efforts may have prevented further loss of life.  The Police Department is actively pursuing leads in this investigation.  We had officers at the club because we have had concerns about activity there in the past, though there had been no issues in recent weeks.  We are now assessing what further steps we can take to prevent another incident at this specific location.”

Franklin Avenue was closed to traffic, but has since reopened.

This is a developing story.

Stay with Eyewitness News for updates.

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(11) comments


Another tragic event in Hartford. Some believe it's the responsibility of the authorities to allow theses things to happen, it is not! it is the responsibility of all of us. The violence and crime is a social issue that affects everyone of us. Communities like Hartford are seriously impacted and is going on all over the U.S.

We as a community need to stop putting up with the degradation of our society.

We need to flood the offices of our representatives and leaders of our communities to strengthen our laws of order and that we come together and demand stronger laws of protection. The way it is now is that those who break the law and live the criminal life only get a slap on the wrist by the justice system.

There are other social remedies that are more productive and that is why I intend to contact my representatives and keep a line of communication open with them.

Brian C. Duffy

In the 'good old days' the minority criminals in the South End came from Sicily via Front Street.

So freindly neighbor

I live 2 houses away and always there’s very loud screaming swearing and arguments among the group’s of people with fights at times and all this you can hear clearly echoing in the street when in the house.We are families young and old living here close to this violence and it’s getting unbelievably more dangerous than ever.Im sure we all believe in caring for one another and family life especially in celebrations but to hear the news about the shooting is sad and I will pray for the families and may God take care of them Amen

rick be

Half the men on the street are packing,no one trusts the police to protect them anymore.

rick be

I live a few blocks away and didn't hear a thing.

Just another night in the Shooting Star.


I'm sensing 'diversity' here. You know, that gift that just won't stop giving?!!

rick be

I thought it was a Bosnian place,you know the Muslims who don't use alcohol,but

apparently it was Latino night.I long for the old day when the PRs used shivs.


the media isn't outraged, i guess an AR wasn't used


This is why urban renewal never works. The behavior of the people living there that causes the urban decline in the first place, never improves.

rick be

There are many people and much money coming in,it is up to the HPD to keep our streets safe.


Natives are restless. Hartford is such a wonderful cesspool.

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