Felon Shoots at Car With Small Child Inside: Police

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    Hartford Police Department
    Jashawn Jackson (left) and Alexander Molina (right) are being charged in connection with a Hartford shooting in which a bullet narrowly missed a young child strapped into a car seat.

    A convicted felon is facing new charges after police say he fired shots into a moving car with a baby inside in Hartford. Authorities are still looking for his accomplice.

    Police said Jashawn Jackson, 20, a felon with six prior arrests in Hartford, and Alexander Molina, a convicted felon with 13 arrests in Hartford, were involved in a dispute with another man around noon Sunday.

    The victim was driving his car in the area of 85 Franklin Avenue when the men confronted him, according to police. One allegedly pulled out a gun and ordered the victim out of the car. Police said a small child and two other people were also in the vehicle.

    He refused to get out, and the suspect allegedly ran off when witnesses began calling 911, police said.

    The victim drove in the direction of Hartford Police Headquarters and saw the suspects approach him in a silver Honda Accord near Maple Avenue and Pawtucket Street.

    The driver, identified as Jackson, pulled out a gun and fired three shots into the victim’s car, according to police. One bullet narrowly missed the child, who was sitting in a car seat.

    Police said the victim continued to Hartford police barracks to report the shooting. Investigators interviewed witnesses and searched the scene to find a .40-caliber shell casing near the intersection of Maple Avenue and Shultas Place.

    Jackson and Alexander Molina, 22, were identified as suspects, and police obtained arrests warrants on Monday. Jackson was taken into custody Wednesday and was on parole at the time, according to police.

    Authorities are still searching for Molina.

    Jackson is charged with nine offenses, including criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, first-degree risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace and firearms and motor vehicle charges.

    Molina will be charged with second-degree breach of peace, first-degree threatening and carrying a facsimile firearm.