Two brothers killed in double shooting in Hartford
Two brothers were killed in a double shooting on Barker Street in Hartford early Wednesday morning, according to the Hartford Police Department.
The Hartford Police Department responded to Barker Street for reports of a shooting inside a second-floor apartment of a multi-family home before 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to Hartford Lt. Aaron Boisvert on Wednesday.
Officers were close by when the call came in. They entered the apartment and found two men, 20-year-old Cesar Deaza-Escobar and 19-year-old Jonas Deaza-Escobar, with multiple gunshot wounds, Boisvert said. Responding officers provided medical aid to the victims while waiting for emergency services to arrive.
The two brothers were transported to an area hospital where they were pronounced dead, Boisvert said.
Just a few hours before Cesar Deaza-Escobar and his younger brother were killed, he posted a message to his Facebook page that read “Thank you God for another year.”
On Tuesday, he celebrated his 20th birthday. By Wednesday morning, he was dead.
Loved ones posted memories of Cesar all over social media Wednesday, including videos of him doing choreographed dance routines with his friends and photos of him showing off brightly colored sneakers that matched his shirt and buying flowers for his mom.
Police believe the shooting was targeted and the perpetrator entered the home through the apartment’s back door, police said.
Police did not have any information on a suspect as of Wednesday morning. Boisvert said they are checking the area for cameras and talking to some potential witnesses.
This was the 37th and 38th homicide in the city, adding to what was already the deadliest year since 2003.
“It’s a violent year. Shootings, believe it or not, are down,” Boisvert said. “And I know that’s not a consolation to anybody, but the violence continues.”
He said the number of shootings is down, but there are more people being hit by gunfire in the city. He said it’s “very concerning,” but not exclusive to Hartford.
The shooting is under investigation by the Hartford Major Crimes and Crime Scene Division. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department Tip Line at 860-722-8477.