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Police Investigating Possible Shooting in West Hartford

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police responded to reported gunshots Wednesday night.

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police have found evidence that a gun was fired in the parking lot of a West Hartford church and are continuing their investigation to determine exactly what happened during a gathering of a large number of people in that parking lot Wednesday night.

West Hartford Police Lt. Eric Rocheleau said Thursday morning that police initially received several calls at approximately 11:20 p.m. Wednesday about a disturbance in the parking lot of Calvary Church at 1855 Albany Ave. Several callers also reported hearing gun fire.

Callers reported anywhere from 30 to 50 people gathered in the parking lot. There were no official church activities taking place at the time.

As police responded to the scene a number of youths were found fleeing the area. Several individuals were apprehended and detained and Rocheleau said several of those were juveniles.

Shell casings were recovered on the scene, but no injuries have been reported and no victims have been reported to area hospitals for treatment as of Thursday morning, Rocheleau said.

“We are sure it was gunfire,” Rocheleau said, but police have not determined whether or not someone was shooting at another person or just showing off a gun.

Police have learned that many of those involved in the disturbance had come from a nearby house party on the Hartford side of Prospect Avenue. Hartford Police also responded to the scene.

One juvenile was arrested for drug possession and interfering with a police investigation, but Rocheleau said he was not determined to be involved in a shooting.

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