Two vehicles connected to 16-year-old’s shooting death in Hartford found burned in Hartford, South Windsor

Jessika Harkay, Hartford Courant
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Two vehicles police say were involved in the weekend shooting of a 16-year-old in Hartford’s North End were found burned in Hartford and South Windsor, police said Thursday evening.

“Approximately 75 [shell] casings from different calibers, including rifle rounds, were recovered at that scene,” Major Crimes Division Lt. Aaron Boisvert said during a monthly public meeting to discuss crime statistics. “Two vehicles from that incident, an Acura TL and an Audi, were both recovered burned. The Audi was recovered in town and the Acura in South Windsor. There’s currently [search] warrants being drafted on both of those vehicles.”

Ja’Mari Preston, 16, was found “suffering from numerous gunshot wounds,” behind a residence on Magnolia Street, Boisvert said. A second victim was treated for injuries from broken glass related to the incident, he added.

The incident came just hours after a drive-by shooting near 182 Nelson St., just blocks away, that took the life of 3-year-old Randell Tarez Jones, who was in a car with his mother, two siblings and the shooter’s intended target. Police said they have enough evidence to believe the two incidents are connected.

“There’s so many important parts to these homicides, [and] what’s important is that we make sure that we don’t release anything that would jeopardize the investigation,” Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody said. “We’re being overly cautious to make sure we can get what we need before we release it.”

The investigation into the two shootings remains ongoing.

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