Man Shot Outside Apartment Complex in Plainville

The police chief said this was the first shooting in town in 15 to 20 years.

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A 22-year-old man is in surgery after he was shot outside an apartment complex in Plainville Monday morning. Officials said this is the first shooting in Plainville in the last 15 to 20 years.

Police said they received several 911 calls from residents at Hamlin View Terrace on Woodford Avenue around 10:28 a.m. reporting a man with gunshot wounds and officers found a victim in an upper stairwell of the complex.

The victim had been parked in his car in the back parking lot of the complex when he was shot twice, police said. Investigators do not believe he is a resident of the complex.

The victim's injuries are not life-threatening and police said they believe the shooting was targeted rather than random.

After the man was shot, he got out of his vehicle, went up to the second-floor hallway and knocked on doors.

"This is a rare occurrence for this town," Police chief Christopher Vanghele said.

Residents reported seeing a suspected shooter in black clothing with a hoodie leaving in a black newer model high-end SUV, possibly a Mercedes or an Acura, police said.

The victim was taken to New Britain General, where he is undergoing surgery.

Two schools, Linden Street Elementary School and Plainville High School, were placed in modified lockdown until police cleared the building, which police said took around an hour.

Vanghele said they had to knock on all the doors at the complex to make sure no one was hiding inside.

Police are investigating and anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 860-747-1616.

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