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Man shot in face when meeting to sell cell phone in Hartford

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Hartford police respond with guns drawn after a shooting on Boothbay Street, Friday March 9, 2018(FOX61 Exclusive (Mike Howard))

HARTFORD — A man is in critical condition after being shot in his face while trying to sell his cell phone.

FOX61 was first on the scene and captured exclusive video of first-responders at about 8:30 p.m. Friday night on Boothbay Street. Police responded in force with guns drawn and a battering ram at the ready.

Police said a man was using the “Offer Up” app to sell his cell phone. He met a potential buyer on Boothbay Street, who took the phone and, during a struggle inside the victim’s car, he was shot in the face. The suspect fled.

Good Samaritans passing by assisted the victim and he was taken to St. Francis Hospital. The bullet hit his jaw, ruptured his airway, and lodged in his spine, according to police. He’s listed in critical condition.

Police have not yet identified the suspect.  If you have any information, contact Hartford police.