Innocent Bystander Shot and Killed in Hartford: Police

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Police are investigating after an innocent bystander was shot and killed in broad daylight in Hartford.

Officials identified the man who died as 59-year-old Guillermo Gonzalez. He lived in the area where the shooting occurred, according to police.

Authorities said it appears the gunshots came from a passing vehicle and the victim is not believed to be the intended target.

Patrol officers responded to Zion Street around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday after Shot Spotter went off. Police there there is nothing to indicate the man was doing anything other than minding his own business.

He was transported to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition and later died, police said.

“I’m heartbroken for Mr. Gonzalez’s family, loved ones and friends. Our whole community is shaken and hurt by this senseless loss, and the Hartford Police Department will do everything they can to bring to justice anyone and everyone responsible," said Mayor Luke Bronin.

The Hartford Police Major Crimes and Crime Scene Divisions responded and are investigating. They said there were no witnesses.

"It's horrible. It's horrible. I don't know what to say," said Lt. Aaron Boisvert. "Unfortunately, we see a lot of gunfire in the city."

This is the 13th homicide of the year. At this point last year, there were 11 homicides to date, police said.

Boisvert said he expects officers to investigate the shooting late into the night and possibly morning hours.

Anyone with any information regarding the case is asked to call the HPD Tip Line at 860-722-TIPS (8477). Police said they rely on information from the community when it comes to solving crimes.

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