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Several Injured After Violent Night in Hartford


Hartford police are investigating two overnight shootings and multiple stabbings that injured multiple people on Rosemont, Wilbur and Bartholomew Streets.

Bartholomew Street

Police responded to the Bull Pen Cafe at 126 Bartholomew Street near the Parkville section of the city, where three people were stabbed.

A 21-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen but is in stable condition. Police found a second victim, a 39-year-old man, with minor head injuries. A third victim, a 37-year-old man, was stabbed in the chest. His injuries were also minor, police said.

Police have arrested Eugenio Bustos, 27, of 180 Ward Street in connection with the stabbing. Charges are pending, according to police.

Rosemont Street

According to police, two men, ages 23 and 24, were walking to their car near 74 Rosemont Street when a man approached them with a gun and demanded one of their cellphones. The suspect then shot both victims in the leg.

The victims were transported to Saint Francis Hospital and are in stable condition.

There is no information on the extent of the victim’s injuries. No suspects have been identified.

Wilbur Street

Shots were also fired during a fight on Wilbur Street last night, critically injuring a 22-year-old man, police said.

According to Lt. Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department, the victim was shot twice in the chest. He is in critical but stable condition and is undergoing surgery, Foley said.

The victim, whose name has not been released, lives on Tunxis Street in Windsor. He has a history of arrest but no gang affiliation, according to Foley.

The Hartford Police Major Crimes Division is investigating.

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Company Recalls Salsa: May Contain Glass


A company has issued a voluntary recall of a salsa product after three consumers reported finding pieces of glass inside the product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed.

Olam Tomato Processors, Inc., has recently pulled three lots of their Mild Chunk Salsa and Medium Chunk Salsa products from shelves.

The recall includes three production codes:

  • Mild Chunky Salsa (UPC 3927759137), production code L12142, with the Best By Date June 2015
  • Mild Chunky Salsa (UPC 3927759137) production code L04093, with the Best By Date October 2015
  • Medium Chunky Salsa (UPC 3927759139) production code L01313, with the Best By Date July 2015

To find the production code, consumers should look on the glass jar itself, right below the cap and above the product label. The labels of the affected product will say “distributed by Greenbrier International, Inc.”

According to the FDA, the popular salsa products were sold nationwide at Dollar Tree and other $1 stores, including Deals, Dollar Express and Dollar Bill$.

There are dozens of Dollar Tree stores in the Bay Area.

The FDA says no other production dates, sizes or varieties of Chunky Salsa products manufactured by Olam Tomato Processors, Inc., are included in this recall.

Though three consumers did find pieces of glass inside the salsa, no injuries have been reported. At this point, it is believed that no product remains in retail distribution.

Consumers who purchased the recalled Chunky Salsa products should not eat the salsa, and should instead return it to the store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions about this recall can call 800-876-8697, ext. 15918.

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Dog Weed-Whacked at Dallas Dog Park


A dog is recovering after a city contractor attacked her with a weed whacker at a Dallas dog park.

The three-year-old Boxer named Ellie received about a dozen cuts on her chest after a city contractor attacked her with a gas-powered weed eater at a North Dallas dog park, witnesses said.

The incident happened Wednesday at the North Bark dog park near the Bush Turnpike.

According to at least two witnesses, the worker used the weed eater to lunge at Ellie and a few other dogs when they got close to him. The other animals were not injured.

"Ellie jumped back and yelped. I mean you could hear it hit,” said George Schneider, who was taking care of Ellie for her owners, Archie and Jennifer David.

Ellie's owners took the picture below.

Schneider said the attack was unprovoked and the dog was not threatening the worker.

"To hit a defenseless animal, that gets to me,” Schneider said.

The landscaping contractor wasn’t even supposed to be there that day.

Dallas city spokesman Frank Librio said the mowing should be done on Tuesdays when the park is closed for maintenance.

The contractor, Good Earth Landscaping, has promised not to make the same mistake again, Librio said.

The company sent a supervisor after several people at the park called police.

The worker was immediately fired and the company apologized. It also offered to pay Ellie’s veterinarian bills, give a pet shop gift card to Ellie’s owners, and make a donation to an animal charity.

“I have a dog too,” said Good Earth supervisor Emily Points.

Ellie’s owners say they accept the company’s apology.

"I don't think the company could have responded any better,” said Archie David.

“People need to be aware if they see animal cruelty, they do need to report it, because people do care,” said Jennifer David.

Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez referred initial questions to Librio because the case involves allegations of animal cruelty, which are handled by the city’s animal control department.

Librio said he did not know if the worker received a citation, and police did not respond to further requests for information.

The Davids say police do appear to be pursuing the case and have asked for photos of the injuries and copies of vet records.

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Passenger Suing Over Nose Gear Collapse at LaGuardia


Southwest Airlines is facing its first lawsuit over a hard landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport last month that injured 16 people.
South Carolina resident Jacqueline Young was on the flight from Nashville, Tenn. that made a nose-first landing at the airport on July 22.

She says in a lawsuit filed in Queens on Friday that she suffered permanent injuries after the accident.

Young's lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said in a statement that "airline passengers who were injured are entitled to money damages for what happened to them."
A spokeswoman for Southwest says the airline is unable to comment on pending litigation.
Federal investigators said last month the plane touched down on its front nose wheel before the sturdier main landing gear in the back touched down. Southwest said then the landing described by investigators violated the airline's normal procedures.

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Bristol Man Dies in Moped Crash


A Bristol man is dead after crashing his moped just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

According to police, Robert J. Valentine, 49, of Stafford Avenue, was heading north on Central Street near Church Avenue when he hit a curb on the right-hand side. Valentine lost control and was thrown from the moped onto a private driveway.

Police said Valentine was not wearing a helmet.

Authorities are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bristol Police Department Traffic Division at 860-584-3030.

Motorcycle Driver Killed in Crash on I-84


A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a pickup truck on Interstate 84 westbound in Farmington overnight.

The accident happened around 12:44 a.m. Saturday. According to police, the motorcyclist was driving the wrong way on I-84 west when he collided head on with a Toyota pickup truck near exit 38 in Farmington.

The motorcycle driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Police are withholding the victim’s identity pending notification of the family.

Authorities are still investigating. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police Troop H at 860-534-1070 ext. 6163.


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Girl, 9, Sells Lemonade to End Child Slavery


Vivienne Harr has already been garnering headlines for selling lemonade for 365 consecutive days – including on Day 173 at New York City’s Times Square. She's raised exactly $101,320 that she donated to a nonprofit dedicated to ending child slavery.

Now, the 9-year-old girl Fairfax, Calif., girl is going pro.

She's said a temporary goodbye to her lemonade stand. That's because this summer, she began rolling out her mother’s recipe for organic, Fair Trade, “tunnel pasteurized” lemonade and shipping it to 70 mostly locally owned, organic shops in California and Oregon. On Friday, her commercially available lemonade debuted at Woodlands Market in Marin County's Kentfield.

“I love telling people about my story,” Vivienne told NBC Bay Area on Friday. “I love selling lemonade.”

Among the many things that set Vivienne’s lemonade apart (notwithstanding that it was created after she sold lemonade for an entire year without taking a day off starting last June, that she donates the profits to charity, and that it is now a commercial product sold at stores) is that customers are now being ask to pay what they want for the bottles of pink juice.

“I ask people to give what’s in their hearts,” she said.

There have been sporadic “pay what you want” commercial enterprises throughout the country, including the now-defunct Panera Bread’s turkey chili venture to raise food insecurity awareness that has now fizzled out.

But Ayelet Gneezy, an expert in “pay what you want” studies at the University of California, San Diego said what Vivienne is doing is very unusual.

“I’ve never heard of this before,” Gneezy said. “It’s very impressive.

Gneezy, and Leif Nelson, her colleague at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley,  found that overall, the majority of people will choose not to buy something if it is a pay-what-you-want pricetag. But those who do choose to do so, will pay more than the asking price.

Since Tuesday, when Molsberry Market's in Sonoma began selling Vivienne’s lemonade, owner Joe Molsberry said that about 40 of 100 cases have sold. Some people paid $20 a case and others paid $50. The suggested donation is $2.99 a bottle. No one has so far tried to abuse the system and walked off with a case for a penny. And what's so amazing, Molsberry said, is that newcomers are visiting the store  just because they've heard about Vivienne's story.

And this is a story that rises far above sales of  lemonade and what customers will pay for it. It’s about the girl – and the family – behind the sweet-tasting juice.

Vivienne, soon to be a fourth grader at Cascade Canyon Elementary School, and her family were visiting Sonoma last May when the young girl saw the book “Slavery” by Lisa Kristine, a journalist who photographs slaves across the world.

An image of two Nepalese boys with giant rocks strapped over their foreheads grabbed Vivienne’s attention, and she wanted to do something about ending their plight. “Maybe we could sell lemonade?” was the simple question Vivienne asked her parents, Alex, a stay-at-home mom, and her father, Eric, a triathlete, author and co-founder of Resonate Social, a successful digital marketing company.

They didn't say no.

“We’re sort of this out-of-the-box family,” Harr said. “We didn’t discount it. We went all in.”

Which meant that for 365 days starting in June 2012, the family – including now-3-year-old brother, Turner – took to the streets – once, even flying to New York after an invitation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg – to sell lemonade. It was Vivienne’s idea to have people pay “what was in their hearts” because, she says, “it’s a giveness, not a business.”

Vivienne gave the first $101,320 to Not for Sale, a Half Moon Bay nonprofit that tries to eradicate child slavery, and other smaller donations to the Nepal Youth Foundation, Free the Slaves, LeTot Center in Dallas, United Way, and the Mayor’s Fund in NYC for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The family’s promise is that when they start to make a profit from the bottled lemonade, half will go to five charities, and the other half will go toward salaries and production costs. Harr said he was able to secure about $800,000 in investor funding to launch the company this summer.

Harr since left his company and has become the CEO of Make a Stand Lemon-Aid, and the full-time business partner of his daughter – a “fiercely compassionate” girl who cried when bees drowned when she was little. He said the family isn’t particularly devout or religious, though they do occasionally attend church. But he said they all now feel that their lemonade business is sort of divinely inspired, or at least, that this was their fate. In fact, the family is poised to meet the two Nepalese brothers who inspired Vivienne in September.

As for now, Vivienne is having a typical summer, playing with her brother, Barbie dolls, and of course, drinking lots of lemonade.

“It’s low in sugar, it tastes so good,” she said. “I drink it all the time.”

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED: Half of all profits from your purchase go to five carefully-vetted, hand-selected organizations that lead the way in eradicating child slavery: Free the Slaves, UNICEF, Nepal Youth Foundation, the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labor–and an organization that focuses on this issue here in the United States: GEMS: Girls Educational & Mentoring Services. To learn more, click on makeastand.com.

The Harr family created a promotional video about their lemonade.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eric Harr

City Leaders and Activists Demand An End to Violence


After hearing about the brutal attack against Carl Hardrick as he was simply walking home from his job at the YMCA Monday night, citizens, faith leaders, and lawmakers stood outside Hartford City Hall to let everyone know enough is enough.

"I was speechless. I could not believe there were actually people in this community who would do this to him," said Garland Higgins who attended the rally.

The 72-year-old, known by many as "Brother Carl," has dedicated his life working to prevent youth and gang violence in the city. Even after becoming a victim himself, he's not slowing down.

"I can't give up. I get knocked down I have to get up. Not only do I have to get up, I have to get up stronger," said Hardrick.

"We really want our youth to start taking some responsibility for their own actions," said Hartford Communities That Care Executive Director Andrew Woods.

Community activists know their work is far from over. On Saturday Hartford saw multiple shootings and stabbings, but Hardrick says this is not just a Hartford problem.

"It can happen anywhere. Because if we don't clean it here, what happens in the city eventually happens in the suburbs. It rolls out," said Hardrick. "I want kids to look at what they're doing and think, 'How do we correct things in our community that's wrong?'"

People rallying hope their message is heard, and by the turnout on Saturday and the outrage felt by many about what happened, Hardrick knows he's not in this fight alone.

"If it took this kind of beating to bring people out then it wasn't in vain," said Hardrick.

Community leaders are asking the youth to reach out on social media to encourage others to promote peace and respect for everyone.


Body Recovered from the Connecticut River


The decomposed body of a man was pulled from the Connecticut River Saturday afternoon, according to police.

Middletown Police and Fire crews responded to the scene after two fishermen saw a body in the water just after 3:00 p.m., said fire officials.

According to police, the body was found floating in some debris just north of the Arrigoni Bridge.

The identity of the man has not yet been released. Authorities said the body had probably been in the water since the end of 2012.

The death is under investigation.

Check back for updates.




UConn Police Alert Students of Intruder


UConn Police have issued a warning to students after a resident in an off-campus apartment building woke up to an intruder inside her apartment.

The incident happened Saturday morning at around 3:00 a.m., in the Celeron Square apartment building.

Investigators believe the unidentified intruder got into the apartment through a window and then fled the apartment after being confronted.

UConn Police were notified after the woman called 911. Police canvassed the area, but the suspect has not been found. 

The early morning break-in has many students on edge and thinking about their safety. Bryan Pfalzgraf just moved into Celeron Square apartments this summer.

"I wasn't here at the time, so I was thinking maybe it was my room because my window was unlocked and everything," Bryan said.

Police are working to release a description of the suspect.

Residents are urged to secure windows, use locks, and report any suspicious people or activity to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the UConn Police Department at 860-486-4800.

1 Dies When Driver Plows Into Beachgoers


A hit-and-run driver plowed into a crowd of pedestrians near the Venice Boardwalk on Saturday afternoon, killing one person and injuring 11 others, authorities said.

Police have detained a possible suspect and a vehicle of interest, Lt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department told NBC4. Officials later reported that a man in his 20s turned himself in to police in the neighboring city of Santa Monica.

The crash occurred about 6 p.m. near the end of Dudley Avenue (map), officials said.

Of the injured, 10 required hospitalization. One person remained in critical condition late Saturday and two others received minor injuries and declined hospitalization, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The driver fled the scene after the crash, said Officer Jorge Torres of the Los Angeles Police Department. Torres described the suspect's vehicle as a dark-colored sedan.

A man who identified himself as "Paolo" and who works at a nearby cafe told NBC4 that he heard what sounded like a car speeding down a narrow alleyway, then screams.

He and others at the restaurant said they caught a glimpse of a dark-colored sedan.

The Venice Boardwalk is known for its street performers and eclectic shops and restaurants, and is considered a major Southern California tourist attraction.

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Caught on Cam: "Panhandler" Pranks Passengers


It’s a scenario that anyone who rides a subway is familiar with. A man or woman enters the subway car with a cup in their hand and proceeds to tell all the passengers their life story in order to get some change.

But as seen in the CollegeHumor video embedded below, one such panhandler had a very different message as well as a different kind of request when he spoke to SEPTA passengers a few days ago. Here’s a hint. He’s a bit more “fortunate” than the average panhandler…

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Arrest in Fatal Beach Boardwalk Crash


Police arrested a driver in connection with a deadly crash at the Venice boardwalk, police said Sunday.

Nathan Louis Campbell, 38, was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail on a murder charge after turning himself in to authorities about an hour after the crash, police said.

Detectives believe the suspect intentionally hit pedestrians, said LAPD Lt. Steve Lurie.

Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy, died about an hour after the 6 p.m. Saturday crash in the 100 block of Dudley Avenue, Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials said. The crash also injured 11 others, including one critically. Gruppioni was on her honeymoon. Her husband was injured.

Security video shows the suspect parking his black car alongside the seaside boardwalk as the sun sank, surveying the scene for several minutes before getting back into the car and speeding into the crowd, sending people scrambling.

According to witness accounts and surveillance video, the man swerved around yellow poles meant to prevent cars from getting into the pedestrian-only area and onto the boardwalk.

The car raced off with people screaming and cursing as it sped away.

The suspect allegedly abandoned the car at Ocean Park Boulevard and Beverly Avenue before running, police said.

Police found the car and called in the bomb squad to check it for explosives as a precaution. The car had paper plates from Colorado.

The suspect turned himself in at the Santa Monica police station, police said.

A search of his name with the same date of birth in Los Angeles Superior Court records online showed convictions in 2002 for resisting arrest and being drunk in public. Police did not confirm the information on Sunday.

A police source said Campbell is known to law enforecment in Southern California.

Witnesses said the crash appeared intentional as a black or blue Dodge Avenger swerved on and off the curb as it careened at a crowd of pedestrians at the popular tourist destination.

"I seen a girl ... she was latched onto the hood ...  she got shook off," said Neqo Habibi. "He swerved two times and she rolled off and was heading straight for us.

"It looked like he had no other care in the world."

People reacted on Twitter.

"Still feeling pretty rattled after jumping out of the way of a lunatic driver on Venice yesterday,” wrote Twitter user @Roxanne_Roll. “Cup of tea and marmite toast is helping."

The site isn't far from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market where a 2003 crash left 10 dead and 63 hurt, after an 87-year-old man's car accidentally roared through the market.

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Man Charged for Shooting Ill. Dad Dining with Family


Charges were filed Sunday after a man was killed when a gunman opened fire at him in a packed restaurant in Joliet, Ill., officials said.

Gerardo Franchini was reportedly dining at Louis’ Family Restaurant, 1001 W. Jefferson St. in the Jefferson Plaza, with his wife and two young daughters Saturday morning when he got into an argument with another man in the restaurant, owner of the restaurant Louis Polimenakos told the Chicago Sun-Times.

The man arguing with Franchini then left the restaurant but returned 10 to 15 minutes later, walk into the back of the restaurant and fired six or seven shots, the Sun-Times reported.

Franchini, 29, of Joliet, was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 12:13 p.m.Saturday.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

Christopher Thompson, 31, was charged with murder and two felony counts of use of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to the Will County Sheriff's office.

Franchini was also previously arrested and charged with felony manufacturing and delivering heroin in April of 2012 and was released one month later, the sheriff's office said.

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Man Calls 911 to Report Kidnapping After Girlfriend Moves Out


A Tavernier, Fla., man was arrested Saturday after falsely reporting his girlfriend had been kidnapped, officials said.

Matthew Corp, 35, called 911 and told dispatchers his wife had been kidnapped by two men driving a U-Haul truck and heading north from the 92 mile marker, according to a Monroe County Sheriff's Office press release.

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Officials sent out a notice to be on the lookout for the truck and deputies were sent to Corp's address.

When they got there, deputies said they found two women coming out of his apartment. One said she was Corp's "now ex-girlfriend" and that she was moving out, the release said.

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Corp, who was intoxicated, then came out of the apartment and began to yell at deputies, saying he called in the false kidnapping to keep his girlfriend from leaving the apartment, the release said.

Corp was arrested and charged with misuse of 911 and resisting arrest. Jail records show he is being held at the Monroe County Jail without bond.

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New Claim Details Mayor Filner's Relentless Pursuit


A San Diego woman claims embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner wouldn’t leave her alone at a charity function in La Jolla two months ago.

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Rene Esteill-Sombright said she is not joining the other women in saying she was harassed by the mayor but rather has come forward to tell her story of behavior she says was inappropriate.

Esteill-Sombright met the mayor June 20 at La Jolla Presbyterian Church for a charity that benefitted one of her clients

"He grabbed both of my hands and he just looked at me and he said 'Oh you are just so beautiful. I cannot take my eyes off you,'” said Esteill-Sombright.

She said it happened so fast she was stunned.

“You're like 'Is this really happening?',” she explaind.

Esteill-Sombright had met Filner once before at her own church, and approached him to say hello but she says that led to a relentless pursuit.

According to Esteill-Sombright, Filner spoke in a low voice, like a whisper, and asked for a private meeting.

"He sat down right next to me and he was just like 'Mmm'. He just wouldn't let up with all the compliments, and 'I'm going to call you,'” she said.

Esteill-Sombright was wearing her wedding ring and even told the mayor she was married but according to her that didn’t stop his advances.

Because of the number of people around them including her boss and her clients, Esteill-Sombright said she didn’t tell the mayor to stop.

While it was very uncomfortable, she says she tried to just brush him off rather than make a scene.
Was it harassment? No she said.

“He did not touch me other than hold my hands, and asking me if I was married, and this is a private invite," Esteill-Sombright said.

She said it sounded similar to the pattern of behavior alleged by nine other women including, among others, a retired Navy admiral, a school psychologist and the mayor’s own former communications director.

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She felt it was inappropriate enough that people should know about it.

"I'm married, you're engaged that should have been the end of it - that should have been the end of it," Esteill-Sombright said.

Mayor Filner has not addressed this specific allegation but has apologized for disrespecting and even intimidating women in the past.

On July 26, he announced he would enter a two-week clinic in order to work on the inappropriate behavior.

He's expected to enter into treatment Monday.

Numerous public officials - including city councilmembers, Democratic Party leaders, state legislators and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer - have called on Filner to resign.

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Florida Skydiving Teacher Killed in Tandem Jump


Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel says a skydiving instructor from Pensacola, Fla., died in a tandem jump that hospitalized the student.

He says 56-year-old James Horak Jr. died Saturday in a remote, swampy area about a mile from the airport in Lumberton, Miss.

Rigel says he cannot identify the student but believes he was from outside Mississippi.

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He says skydivers who jumped with them told investigators that equipment appeared to malfunction.

Rigel says the sheriff's office was called about three hours after the jump Saturday morning. Rigel says he doesn't know the reason for the delay.

The sheriff says the owner of a hunting lease for the area found the men.

Horak was an instructor for the Emerald Coast Skydiving Center in Elberta, Ala.

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Victim of Fatal Hartford Shooting Identified


A Manchester teen is dead and another injured after a shooting near the Up or On the Rocks nightclub on Allyn Street in Hartford, police said.

Brian Simpe, a 19-year-old from Manchester, was shot once in the chest and rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

According to police, the fight broke out around 2 a.m. Sunday and ended with a person firing shots outside the club.

Another person was injured during the dispute and is in stable condition, police said.

Authorities are asking for help in finding the shooter. Police said a large crowd was present and are hoping witness accounts can help them identify a suspect.

The deadly shooting happened just a day after the round of violence that injured at least five people in the city.

An NBC Connecticut crew was first at the scene.

If you have any information, contact Hartford police at 860-527-6300.


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Police Search for Two Suspects Involved in Shooting


Bristol police are searching for two suspects after one of them shot a man Sunday night.

According to investigators, an altercation started inside the Stat's Convenience store and spilled out onto an alleyway on School Street.

It was in the alley where a man was shot, police said. The victim was taken to the hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

Police are searching for two suspects in a dark colored car and said the shooter is considered dangerous.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are urged to contact Bristol Police at 860-584-4800.

Pregnant Woman Killed by Falling Tree in Queens


A pregnant woman died after a large tree fell on her in Queens Sunday evening, and another woman hit by the tree was seriously injured, according to authorities.

The tree fell on the women at around 6:30 p.m. in Flushing's Kissena Park, Fire Department officials said.

Yingyi Li, 30, was pronounced dead after being taken to New York Hospital Queens, officials said. She was sitting on a bench when the tree toppled onto her.

Witnesses said the tree came crashing down.

"I heard a loud crash and boom, immediately my friend sees her and we went to see what happened," said Sam Kim. "When we got there we saw a young Asian girl lying face down and there was blood coming out of her head."

Witnesses said paramedics tried to resuscitate Li for several minutes before taking her to the hospital, where she pronounced dead.

The other woman injured by the tree is in serious condition.

Some residents hope this tragedy pushed the city to pump more money into the parks.

"The park is old, the trees are old," said Salvatore Delligatti. "A lot of trees have been coming down in the past few years with the storms we've been having."

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