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Police identify Hartford's first homicide victim of 2022 as they investigate triple shooting

This is the city's first homicide of 2022, police said.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Hartford police are investigating two "brazen daytime" shootings that left one person dead and two others wounded Tuesday afternoon. This is the city's first homicide of 2022, police said.  

At around 1:50 p.m., police responded to the 600 block of Albany Avenue on Shot Spotter activation. Just three minutes later, Shot Spotter was activated on the 100 block of Mather Street.

“Multiple, multiple rounds. We do believe that these scenes are connected. We do believe it was probably a shootout of some sort that led up to here,” Lt. Aaron Boisvert with Hartford PD said.

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Police found evidence of a shooting on the 500 block of Albany Avenue.

Officers who responded to Mather Street found an unresponsive man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The homicide victim was later identified by police as Kendall Fair, 22, of West Hartford.

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“This is awful, like, no mother should have to deal with their child dead,” Hartford resident Lacrisha Williams said.

Williams said when it comes to violence in Hartford, enough is enough.

“I lost my brother gun violence. He was shot nine times and burned up in a car,” Williams said. “And no justice has been served and this happened in 2010.”

“Drop the guns. If you’ve got a beef or somebody did something to you, there’s other ways to deal with it,” she added.

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The two people injured were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries via private vehicles. A man in his 40s was shot on Albany Avenue while a man in his 20s was also shot on Mather Street.

“Around the time of the shots, my sister would normally be coming off the bus around this area,” Hartford resident Dasean Byrd said. “She would have been walking at that exact time and so it’s nerve-racking what could have happened.”

"This is an unfortunate... brazen daytime shooting," Lt. Aaron Boisvert said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Lt. Boisvert said Hartford PD ramped up patrols for Tuesday night.

The shootings remain under investigation. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Elisha Machado is a reporter at FOX61 News. She can be reached at emachado@fox61.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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