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Location of Incident-100 Cowles Street Hartford, Connecticut
Date and time of Incident-May 16, 2016 : 2226 hours
Case # 16-14029
Victim-Cortez, Joshua, Date of Birth-03/04/1994
Victim-Ocasio, Alysha, Date of Birth-05/02/1993
On Monday, May 16, 2016, at 10:26 P.M., Hartford Police Department Patrol Officers responded to the area of 100 Cowles Street in response to a Shot Spotter activation. Several citizens also called 911. reporting shots fired and person on the ground.
Upon Officers arrival, two victims were located at the intersection of Cowles Street and Campfield Avenue. The first victim, identified as Joshua Cortez, Date of Birth-03/04/1994, was located lying in the street. Cortez sustained what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced deceased on scene. The second victim, identified as Alysha Ocasio, Date of Birth-05/02/1993, was located inside of a vehicle parked at the same intersection. Ocasio sustained several apparent gunshot wounds to her torso. Ocasio was transported to Hartford Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
HPD Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene Division Personnel responded and assumed the investigation. Several spent shell casings as well as one live round were located in close proximity to both victims. A car tire was located one block north of the scene. This tire was suspected to belong to a vehicle involved in this incident. The suspected vehicle missing a tire was located a short time later parked across from 141 Freeman Street, unoccupied. Witnesses in the area reported that the occupants of the suspect vehicle exited the car and got into a second suspect vehicle and drove away. This second suspect vehicle was located by HPD Patrol Officers a short time later. This vehicle contained five occupants who were believed to be involved in this incident.
Interviews of the five occupants were conducted by HPD Major Crimes Detectives. The interviews led to the arrest of one of the vehicle occupants- Joseph Silva, Date of Birth-09/22/1995. Silva currently resides at 25 Montrose Street in Hartford, Connecticut. A search of Silva’s residence was performed by HPD Detectives and a K-9. During this search a firearm was located in the yard. This firearm is believed to be the one used in both homicides.
The investigation revealed that the suspect was an acquaintance of both victims and the shooting was related to emotional circumstances.
Silva was charged with violating Connecticut General Statutes; 2 counts of Murder, 53a-54a, Unlawful Discharge, 53-203 and Altering or Removing Identification Marks on a Firearm, 29-36.
Silva has one previous HPD arrest. His bond was set at $3,000,000. His arraignment is today.
The Major Crimes Division is continuing to investigate this homicide. If you have any information to assist in this investigation please call Sgt Reginald Early at 860-757-4248.
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