HFD: Rocky Hill Shooting Victim Is Hartford Firefighter

A Hartford firefighter was seriously wounded in a shooting at a Rocky Hill industrial park Thursday night, a fire department spokesman said.

Firefighter Jimmy Ngo was the victim of the shooting, according to Hartford Fire Capt. Raul Ortiz. He was rushed to Hartford Hospital after being shot multiple times, police said.

He remained hospitalized Friday night, Ortiz said. State police have joined the investigation.

"We're awaiting more information from state police and Rocky Hill police," Ortiz said. "We don't want to hinder their investigation."

There was no threat to the public because the incident appears to be isolated, Trooper Kelly Grant said.

Hartford Fire Chief Reginald Freeman said Ngo is an exceptional firefighter who is dedicated to the department and the city. He was off-duty at the time of the shooting.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighter and his family," he said.

The chief visited Ngo's coworkers at Engine Company 1 on Main Street late Friday morning. "They're in shock and concerned for his welfare," Freeman said.

Rocky Hill officers were called to 60 Belamose Ave., an industrial area in the southeastern corner of town, about 9 or 10 p.m., state police said. They found a severely wounded Ngo suffering from gunshot wounds.

At the request of the New Britain State's Attorney's office, detectives from the state police Central District Major Crime squad arrived at the scene about 1 a.m.

The sprawling industrial area is near the Cromwell border and the Connecticut River. Pratt & Whitney used to occupy the massive industrial buildings, which now house several businesses, including a fence installation business and an auto repair shop.

Employees of businesses at Belamose Business Park were told not to go to work, said Ron Kornacki, the owner of CARS of CT, an auto repair shop. While there generally are few people around the park late at night, he said some people live there so they can watch over the property after hours.

Anyone with information that may help investigators is asked to call state police at 860-685-8190.

Courant Staff Writer Nicholas Rondinone contributed to this story.

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