HARTFORD — A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting on Maple Avenue in July, according to police.
Krystalee Cerpa, 20, of Berlin, was arrested Monday night and charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted first-degree assault.
According to police, Cerpa was a co-conspirator of Jerry Duncan, who was charged last week with firing several shots into the windshield of a vehicle driven by his cousin on July 12. According to an arrest warrant, Duncan, who has no adult criminal record, had recently argued with the victim over a woman.
The warrant says that Duncan was standing outside a Citgo gas station on Maple Avenue with another man and two women when the victim, Patrick Gunn pulled into the parking area. Gunn went into the store to purchase cigarettes and went back to his car without interacting with Duncan, but as he started to drive away, the women who were with Duncan approached him, according to the warrant. Gunn told police that one of the women told him to "let the beef go" and when he tried to drive away, she kicked his car.
Gunn then stopped the car and started backing up, the warrant says. He told police that the woman yelled "shoot him," and Duncan began firing at his car, according to the warrant. Gunn accelerated in an attempt to flee, but his car struck a utility pole and he fled on foot.
Gunn was not hit by any of the gunshots, according to the warrant.
Duncan, 18, was charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, carrying a pistol without a permit and having a weapon in a motor vehicle. He was held with bail set at $100,000.
Cerpa was arraigned Tuesday in Superior Court in Hartford, where Judge Joan K. Alexander set her bail at $250,000. She is due back in court Aug. 19.