A suspect accused of shooting a man who was dating his ex-girlfriend in the hallway of a Windsor Locks apartment building has been charged with murder, police said Wednesday.
Antwon Barnes, 38, of Windsor Locks, is suspected of shooting 35-year-old Leroy Jefferson, of Hartford. Investigators said the suspect fired more than 40 times. Jefferson died of his injuries.
Barnes is charged with murder, criminal attempt at murder, and first-degree larceny.
Windsor Locks police responded to a 911 call around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday and found Jefferson just outside the doorway of 131 Old Colony Road. He had been shot several times, including in the head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said Barnes, who lives in the Old Colony Road building, confronted Jefferson in the hallway and shot him multiple times. Police said Barnes also pointed the gun at a woman the victim was with and pulled the trigger, but the weapon did not fire.
According to police, Jefferson was dating Barnes' ex-girlfriend, who Barnes has a child with.
According to the arrest warrant, the woman told police she and Barnes had dated for years but broke up several months before the shooting and live in separate apartments in the same building. She said Barnes confronted her and Jefferson in the hallway and that he had “a look on his face I had never seen before.”
“Barnes said something like ‘[expletive] this’ and then he proceeded to pull out a gun out of his waistband and began shooting at Jefferson,” the arrest warrant reads.
According to the woman, Barnes shot Jefferson multiple times and also pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger, but it did not fire. According to the arrest warrant, Barnes pulled a second gun from a bag he was holding and began shooting Jefferson in the head.
Barnes fled in his Nissan Pathfinder, which he parked, then stole another car, according to police. He called the woman and a Windsor Locks police officer spoke with him and persuaded him to turn himself in.
Barnes was in Hartford and turned himself in to a police officer and a detective at the Hartford Public Safety complex on Tuesday afternoon, according to police. According to the arrest warrant, he told police he was heading to the shooting range when he saw his ex with Jefferson. He could not remember how many shots he fired.
“Barnes stated after the first shot everything went blurry, then he stated that he thinks it went blurry before that. He then stated that he just wanted to go to the shooting range. He stated that if he just never went back to go get the other gun that none of this would have happened,” the arrest warrant states.
Barnes remains in the hospital on police watch. His bond was set at $2 million.