Hartford Police Arrest Shooting Suspect

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    Hartford Police Department
    Christian Mendez is facing assault charges following a shooting attempt on Heath Street in Hartford over the weekend.

    A 20-year-old West Hartford man is facing charges after a shooting attempt on Heath Street in Hartford this spring.

    Police said he missed the intended target.

    Christian Mendez, of Warren Terrace in West Hartford, was arrested and charged with attempted assault, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm.

    Mendez is accused of firing rounds in the area of 116 Heath Street the evening of May 19. Investigators at the scene found five 9mm Ruger shell casings in the road, according to police.

    Police said “detectives identified an intended victim who was not cooperative” but interviewed witnesses and tracked Mendez down.

    He was arrested Monday while behind bars on unrelated weapons charges. Bond was set at $200,000.