Hartford Man Robs, Shoots Driver Outside Popeye's: Police

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    Hartford Police Department
    Gregory McDade, 27, is accused of robbing and shooting a man outside the Popeye's restaurant on Albany Avenue in Hartford. Police said he's a convicted felon with an extensive criminal record.

    A 27-year-old Hartford man is facing assault and robbery charges, accused of robbing and shooting a man outside the Hartford Popeye’s restaurant and trying to steal his car, police said.

    According to police, Gregory McDade, of Norfolk Street in Hartford, confronted a driver outside Popeye’s at 964 Albany Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Monday. McDade was reportedly on foot and had a gun.

    Surveillance footage shows the suspect, identified as McDade, approaching the victim’s car, taking his wallet and ordering the victim out in what appears to be an attempted carjacking, according to police.

    Police said a scuffle broke out over the gun and the victim, a 36-year-old man, was shot in the hand as he tried to accelerate away from the scene. The victim crashed his car on Albany Avenue and was taken to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment.

    While at the hospitals, investigators were approached by East Hartford police about another gunshot victim. The second victim turned out to be McDade, who had reportedly suffered a self-inflicted, accidental gunshot wound to the leg during the skirmish, police said.

    McDade “gave an account of his gunshot wound that was not plausible” and gave authorities false identifying information in an effort to thwart the investigation, police said.

    He later confessed to the robbery and assault, according to police.

    McDade was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and criminal possession of a firearm. His bond was set at $1 million.

    Police said McDade is a convicted felon with an extensive criminal history. He was out on parole at the time of the incident.