2 CT teens killed in East Hartford home invasion shooting

EAST HARTFORD — Police said Friday two people who were shot and killed during a suspected home invasion were both teens.

One victim was a 16-year-old from Hartford and the other was a 15-year-old Meriden resident, East Hartford Deputy Police Chief Josh Litwin said. Litwin did not release the names of the teens.

A resident of the Graham Road duplex shot the two with a registered handgun after they attacked him inside his home just after midnight Thursday, Litwin said. The man suffered minor injuries in the attack, Litwin said.

Police are investigating the incident as a targeted home invasion that may have involved others, Litwin said. The resident was home alone at the time and has been cooperating with police, he said. The resident and the teens apparently had not met each other before the confrontation, Litwin said.

Police responded to Graham Road, near Brewer and Main streets, after receiving reports of shots fired. They found the two teens wounded by gunfire. Paramedics rendered aid at the scene and the two were rushed to hospitals in Hartford, where both were pronounced dead. Next of kin have been identifed, Litwin said, but police did not release the teens’ names on Friday.

Litwin would not identify the resident, but Deliaynez Cabel said Thursday that the father of one of her children lives at the Graham Road home where the shooting occurred. Cabel, who could not be reached Friday, said she heard two people were shot there, but she had not been able to contact her child’s father. She said the two were in a relationship for about four years and he worked for a basement improvement company.

Police ask that anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Dan Ortiz at 860-291-7669, or call the East Hartford Police Anonymous Tip Line at 860-289-9134.


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