Gillian Reinhard ’20
On Feb. 19, a man was fatally shot at 245 New Britain Avenue. This location is directly across from the south side of campus, in close proximity to locations such as the Tap, Crescent Street, Clemens, and Stowe. The victim, identified by Hartford Police as a 46-year-old man from Bristol, CT who passed away shortly after the shooting in Hartford Hospital, was unaffiliated with Trinity. According to director of Campus Safety Brian Heavren in an email sent out to the school three hours after the shooting, “no members of the college community were involved and there appears to be no threat.”
Lt. Paul Cicero of the Hartford Police Department told local CBS-affiliate WFSB the shooting appears to be drug related. A second non-fatal shooting occurred just hours after the incident on New Britain Avenue in the area of Ashley Street and Atwood Street, about a ten minute drive away from Trinity. The Hartford Courant reported that the period between Feb. 16 and Feb. 21 saw three fatal shootings and one fatal stabbing within the city. The Courant reported that each of the four attacks (including the one that took place on New Britain Avenue) were coordinated and every victim was targeted.
A follow-up email sent by Heavren the next day assured the Trinity community that Campus Safety has been working in close cooperation with Hartford Police.