HARTFORD - At closing time, patrons of the Vibz Uptown nightclub walked out into the parking lot - and then gunfire erupted. Now one person is dead and two are in the hospital.
Police say their ShotSpotter system was activated at 1:45 a.m. Sunday by 8 rounds being fired outside the club at 3155 Main Street. Nearby officers arrived almost immediately and began giving first aid to man who had been shot. He was taken to St. Francis Hospital. Two other gunshot victims arrived at St. Francis, taken there by private cars.
One of the victims, 28-year-old Jakari Lewis, died at the hospital. Police say Lewis was a resident of the Blue Hills neighborhood of Hartford. Two other people, a man and a woman, both age 29, were being treated at the hospital. Police have not yet identified them.
This is Hartford's second homicide of 2019. Police say when the shooting happened dozens of patrons were headed to their cars or milling about outside the club, located in shopping plaza in the city's North End.
Detectives and evidence technicians are still processing the scene. There is no word yet on possible suspects.