Hartford police are investigating the city's first homicide of the year after a 33-year-old Hartford man was found with a gunshot wound in the head in a parking lot.
Police have identified the victim as Mark McNickle. They continue looking for the shooter and are asking for the community's help.
Officers responded to reports of gunshots near 85 Sumner Street just before 10 p.m.
Neighbors said they heard seven to eight gunshots and saw a car drive off in the direction of Asylum Avenue.
McNickle was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:22 p.m., police said.
Police said a car was seen speeding from the scene of the shooting. No description of the car or the shooter has been released.
Anyone with information should call Sgt. Brandon O’Brien at (860) 757-4089. You can leave anonymous tips at (860) 722-8477.
According to police, there was a dramatic reduction in violent crimes in 2013. Last year, they made 43 homicide arrests.