More guns were taken off the streets Saturday night by members of the Shooting task Force and the North Conditions unit.
On Saturday, August 31st, 2013, at 2200 hours, members of the Shooting Task Force noticed a large group congregating with extremely loud music in the rear of 369 Garden Street. Officers approached the group on foot at which point one male subject became nervous and quickly walked away from the approaching officers while manipulating an item in his waistband. The subject then transitioned into a full run while holding a weighted item in his front waistband area. Believing the subject was in possession of a firearm, officers pursued the subject. As officers were chasing the subject he removed a firearm from his waistband and threw it into a yard. The subject was apprehended at 202 Mather Street and the firearm was recovered.
Jamahl Edwards, M/B/19 (2/17/1994), of 64 Clifford Drive, West Hartford, CT. was charged withInterfering w/ Police, Carrying a Pistol w/o a Permit, and Obliterated Serial Number. The recovered weapon was a Smith & Wesson 9mm Handgun w/ obliterated serial number and magazine containing (14) live 9mm rounds.
On September 01, 2013 at 0215 hours, information was relayed to members of the North Conditions Unit (Officers Shelby and Colon) from Sergeant Sean Spell (STF) relative to an individual unlawfully in possession of a firearm at Paul's Ranch House, 3281 Main Street. According to sources, the subject had just left a North Main Street club and had walked to the Ranch House.
The information was obtained by Sgt. Spell via a confidential source. Sgt. Spell provided a physical and clothing description of the suspect. Officers Colon and Shelby canvassed the Ranch House and located a person matching the description provided inside the establishment. During a subsequent investigation it was discovered the suspect was in possession of a loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson semi-auto handgun.
The suspect was a convicted felon and thus making it illegal for him to possess a firearm. The suspect Reggie Battle of 490 Hillside Avenue was charged with Carrying a Pistol without Permit and Criminal Possession of a Firearm . Battle was also a convicted Felon and as such is prevented from owning or carrying a firearm.
A few minutes later, Hartford Police received numerous calls of shots fired in the area of 16 Durham Street. Upon arrival, officers found two shooting victims at the address. A female victim received non life threatening wounds to the abdomen an hip area. The male victim received numerous gunshot wounds, including several to the head which proved fatal. The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both victims had just left Club Vibz on North Main Street and were apparently ambushed when they arrived home. The male victim was from Manchester and had been in a dating relationship with the female victim for over a month.
On a positive note, Connecticut's new gun laws seem to be working well in the urban areas of Connecticut. No assault rifles have been seized recently by the Shooting Task Force being carried on Hartford's streets and not one of Hartford's 18 homicide victims this year have been killed with an assault rifle.