Hartford Police Department
Police are searching for Angel Morales, 25, of New Haven, in connection with Friday's deadly shooting at Up Or On The Rocks in Hartford.
The attorney representing the suspect in a fatal shooting outside a Hartford nightclub shooting on Friday said his client did not start the fatal fight and this is not a murder case.
Angel Morales, 25, of New Haven, was arrested yesterday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a firearm, according to police.
Morales, who was arraigned today, is held on a $1 million bond.
Police said Morales is the suspect in the fatal shooting at the Up Or On The Rocks nightclub on Church Street in Hartford on Friday morning.
Miguel Delgado, 21, of East Hartford, died of a gunshot wound to the chest after he reportedly got into an argument over a spilled drink.
Investigators said they believe Delgado and Morales got into an argument at the club. The fight escalated outside, and Delgado was shot.
Around 20 members of Delgado's family attended the hearing and said they want swift justice.
They said they are grieving the loss of a family member who was ready to embark on a new chapter in life by going to college, but they are holding on
John Williams, Morales' defense attorney, said this is not a murder case.
Some details in the police department affidavit were inaccurate, Williams said, and he thinks his client might face a less severe charge, or even be acquitted for self-defense.
"I think that certainly shows that we're looking forward to coming into court and participating in the justice system, and then I think justice will be done in this case to all parties concerned," Williams said.
Morales goes by the nicknames "A" and "Bobo." He has a history of arrest including firearms violations in the New Haven and Windsor areas, according to police.
He is due back in court next week.
This is the second fatal shooting this month at Up Or On The Rocks, and the nightclub is now closed. Police said both shootings resulted from fights that started inside the club.
During a news conference Friday, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said he asked the club to close down and the owner agreed.
A vigil for Delgado took place Tuesday night outside the nightclub.