Hartford Man Charged in 3 Cold Case Murders

A Hartford man was arrested Thursday and charged with the fatal shooting of one man in Hartford in June 2008 and then using the same gun to kill two more men in an unrelated incident two months later. 

Harold Patterson, 34, of Hartford, has been charged with three counts of murder in the shooting death of 34-year-old Raymond “Flip” Hite on June 5, 2008, on Acton Street in Hartford, and the unrelated shooting deaths of 21-year-old Lamar Gresham and 23-year-old Carlos Ortiz on August 25, 2008 on Edwards Street in Hartford, officials said. 

Bond was set at $3 million on Friday for the 2000 Windsor High School graduate.

According to the arrest warrant affidavits, Hite was shot multiple times and police found him lying in the middle of Acton Street shortly before 12:30 a.m. on June 5, 2008. He died a short time later at Hartford Hospital. 

Gresham and Ortiz were shot at 3:15 a.m. during a drive-by shooting as they were walking along Edwards Street, officials said, and both died later that morning at Hartford Hospital. 

Investigators determined that shell casings found at the scene of all three homicides were fired from the same gun, which was also linked to two other shooting incidents in Hartford in June and August of 2008, officials said, and the gun has not been recovered. 

Patterson denied knowing any of the victims.

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