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Double shooting leaves Hartford man dead, another injured

HARTFORD — Police say one person is dead, another taken to the hospital after a double shooting overnight.

According to police, they were called to the area of 31 Winchester Street Wednesday night after a Shot Spotter activation. Shot Spotter indicated multiple gunshots fired.

When police arrived, they found a 30-year-old with critical injuries. He later died from his injuries. Police identify him as Hartford resident Caron Canty.

As police were trying to help Canty at the scene, they were told a second victim had arrived at St. Francis Hospital, driven by his brother who was at the scene. Police identify him as 32-year-old Richard Johnson. Police said Johnson was shot in the torso/chest area, but his injuries have been stabilized.

Police said the shooting was a ‘very targeted attack’ but haven’t determined it was gang violence due to the victim’s history. It was also not a drive-by shooting, police said.

At this time, police said there is no evidence to indicate this homicide was related to the Winship Street homicide that occurred over the weekend that left one person dead and another seriously injured.

This is the 11th homicide in Hartford this year.

Hartford Police Major Crimes are investigating the homicide, and more information is expected Thursday afternoon.

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