Deadly Shootings of 3-Year-Old & 16-Year-Old in Hartford Are Related: Police

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A 3-year-old boy was shot and killed in Hartford on Saturday afternoon and police now say they believe it is related to another shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward with any details that could help solve the case.

Hartford Police said 3-year-old Randell Jones, of Hartford, was shot just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday while he was in a car with his mom; his 4-and-5-year-old sibmings; and a male passenger, who they believe was the intended target.

They were near the intersection of Garden and Nelson streets when a black Honda Accord pulled alongside them and a passenger started shooting, police said.

The little boy was the only person who was hurt in that shooting.

Lt. Aaron Boisvert, of Hartford Police, said Monday that the intended victim of the shooting has come forward and he is cooperating with police.

He said police recovered a “suspect vehicle,” a Honda Accord that was stolen out of Windsor Locks, and they are searching it.

Police are also investigating a separate shooting that occurred near the intersection of Mather and Magnolia streets this weekend.

Officials said 16-year-old Jamari Preston was transported to a nearby hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and later pronounced dead. A second victim was also taken to the hospital, though it was not clear what caused those injuries.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to come forward and call 860-722-TIPS.

“We want any information that we can get,” Boisvert said.

Rondell is the victim of the eighth homicide in Hartford of 2021.

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