Late Monday Shooting Results in 7th Homicide

The Hartford Courant

Hartford crime scene investigators were collecting evidence Tuesday from a shooting incident in the city's Upper Albany neighborhood the night before that left one Hartford man dead and another critically wounded.

Corey Forrest, 22, of 62 Kent St., was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center following the shooting at 10:50 p.m. Monday on Baltimore Street.

It was the city's seventh homicide of the year.

Seville McClendon, 21, of 116 Kent St., remained in critical condition at St. Francis with gunshot wounds to the left arm, leg and buttock, Hartford police spokeswoman Nancy Mulroy said Tuesday.

Mulroy said the victims were familiar with each other.

Three bullet holes were visible in the north wall of the front porch of the gray three-family house at 37-39 Baltimore St., and a trail of blood led down the steps and onto the sidewalk.

Investigators photographed two more pools of dried blood on the driveway. They examined a tree and searched the yard next door for bullets. A witness reported seeing 18 shell casings.

Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said Tuesday that the incident appeared to have occurred during a party at the house and didn't involve a turf war. He said police were investigating the possibility that the shooting stemmed from an attempted robbery at the house and whether either of the victims shot the other.

He said police presence had been stepped up in the area before Monday's shooting in advance of warmer weather, when shootings in the city typically increase.

``We want to be prepared. I'm concerned that we don't let it get out of hand,'' Roberts said.

Anyone with information about Monday night's shooting is asked to contact Hartford police Detective William Siemionko in the department's major crimes division at 860-757-4262 or call the confidential hot line at 860-527-8477.

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