1 Killed, 1 Injured In City Shooting

The Hartford Courant

One man is dead and a second seriously injured after a shooting early Saturday at Capen and Martin streets.

Police identified the dead man as Aaron Talley, 33. He was pronounced dead at 6:37 a.m. at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, police said. He would have turned 34 next week.

Andrew Jewell, also 33, was shot several times and was in critical condition, police said.

``We don't think it was a random shooting,'' said Sgt. Edward Yergeau of the major crimes division. ``There was probably a reason for it.''

The shots were fired about 5:40 a.m. from a silver or gray Honda, he said.

Saturday morning, friends of Talley bought candles at the convenience store across the street from the double shooting, Capen Grocery, and set up a makeshift memorial. A man who identified himself as a spokesman for the group said they didn't want to comment.

One of them, Olekia Martinez, had said earlier that Talley was like a brother to her. He had a way of making you laugh if you were upset, she said.

``He is a hilarious dude,'' she said.

Darlene Lightner said he was always at her home when he was younger, and even lived there for a while.

``He was like my son,'' she said.

Recently, when her 12-year-old grandson didn't have a ride to a basketball game in Manchester, Talley drove him, she said. When he noticed that there were no parents around, he stayed with him, she said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the lead investigator, Omayra Martinez-Baidy, at 860-757-4251, or call the department's tip line at 860-527-8477 (TIPS).

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