Fingerprint Leads Hartford Detectives To Man Charged In Double Homicide

The arrest warrant for Latroy Johnson, accused of opening fire on a group of men Sept. 23 on Albany Avenue, killing two and wounding one, does not make clear what police think prompted the shooting.

But one of the men shot in the melee about 12:38 a.m. told Hartford detectives that he thinks Johnson smoked PCP when they stopped at a package store, the warrant says.

Joshua Taylor, 31, was shot dead at the scene, while Jovan Wooten, 38, was shot in the face and died later at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Keane Skyers, 37, and Kewan Smith, 31, suffered gunshot wounds, but survived, according to the warrant.

Johnson was taken into custody Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday in Superior Court in Hartford on two counts of murder, first-degree assault and criminal possession of a firearm.

The four men who were shot, and a fifth who was not hit by gunfire, were hanging around the area of 1166 Albany Ave. for about 45 minutes to an hour when Johnson, without warning, raised a gun to Taylor’s head and shot him, according to the warrant.

He then shot Wooten and one of the other men, and Wooten, before he was wounded, pulled his licensed handgun and returned fire, the warrant says.

Police were able to find video of the men before, during and after the shooting. They tracked down Johnson because of a fingerprint he left behind, the warrant says.

Smith told police he was shot as he looked at Johnson and asked him why he shot Taylor. Johnson “looked him right in the eyes, didn’t say anything, pointed the gun at him and started shooting,” the warrant says.

Smith told police he thought Johnson was under the influence of something and suspected it was PCP, according to the warrant.

Johnson has a criminal record that dates back more than 20 years and was on probation at the time of the shooting. He remains in custody with bail set at $2 million.

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