Five people are under arrest after a large fight and shooting broke out in a gas station parking lot early Saturday morning, sending a man to the hospital with serious injuries from multiple gunshot wounds in his torso.
Police arrested Sterling Cole, 25, Jeremy Cole, 24, and Alisha Holmes, 22, all of 16 Evergreen Avenue in Hartford, as well as Androl Warsop, 26, of 31 Evergreen Avenue in Hartford, and Kiara Rosario, 22, of 655 Broad Street in Hartford in connection to the shooting brawl. Sterling Cole is the only one facing weapons and assault charges.
Police responded to the Mobil Mart in the 500 block of Farmington Avenue near Evergreen Avenue around 3 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of shots fired. They discovered a male victim suffering from multiple gun shot wounds to the torso after a shooting in the parking lot.
Surveillance video showed a large fight that broke out between a group of women, the man shot, his friend and the suspect(s), police said. The suspect(s) ran into a nearby building and returned with a .22 caliber automatic firearm, shooting the victim multiple times, police said they saw on surveillance video. At least two suspects took turns firing the same gun at him, police said.
The attendant inside the gas station convenience store watched the fight play out on the security monitor.
"I saw seven or eight people. First there was fighting, then one guy came with a gun and he just opened the shooting and one guy was shot seven or eight times," said the clerk at the Mobil Mart, who did not wish to give his name.
The clerk immediately called 911 after hearing the gunfire and said that police arrived less than a minute later.
When asked if he was scared, the gas station attendant said no.
“That happening is like every other day around here, you know? So this is like kind of normal," he said.
Some neighbors said the west end of Hartford near the shooting site is normally safe. Dominique Dupui, of Hartford, said that "this is the west end" and that "nothing like that ever happens here." Hartford resident Jacqueline Starks said, "I think this area is very safe" and that "people walk their dogs all the time."
"Everyone seems to get along," Starks said.
However, others say it's no suprise.
“I’ve been here 15-20 years and you hear a lot of incidents around this area, mostly drug related," Raymond McFarland, of Hartford, said.
The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital's emergency room and is listed in serious but stable condition. His name has not been released at this time.
Police reviewed the surveillance video of the fight as evidence in their investigation, which is ongoing.
As of 8:07 a.m., the police tape cordoning off the area had been taken down and one police cruiser remained on scene.
Sterling Cole was charged with first-degree assault, criminal possession o fa firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm and Warsop, Rosario, Jeremy Cole and Alisha Holmes were charged with second-degree breach of peace. Holmes also faces an interfering with police charge.