Man shot in Plainville; suspect on the loose

Published on Monday, 12 September 2022 15:59


PLAINVILLE – A man shot outside an apartment complex on Monday – believed to be the first shooting in town in more than a decade – is expected to survive.

The 22-year-old, who has not been identified, was shot twice while parked in his car outside the Hamlin View Terrace apartment complex, located at 369 Woodford Ave., around 10:28 a.m. The first responding officers found him in an upper stairwell of the condo complex, as it is believed he went inside the building looking for help, according to Chief Christopher Vanghele.

Vanghele in the afternoon hours Monday said the victim was being treated at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, in New Britain, where he was expected to undergo surgery.

Police in the afternoon Monday did not have a suspect in the incident, although they were able to speak to the victim briefly, as he was conscious after the incident. 

This is the first shooting reported in town in at least 15 or 20 years, Vanghele, who was appointed Chief of Police in January, said he was told by his officers.  

“This is a rare occurrence in this town,” Vanghele said. 

The victim is believed to have been visiting a relative at the complex, as he does not reside there. Vanghele also said police believe the shooter and the victim are known to each other.

“This was not random,” Vanghele said, adding that the victim was targeted. “It’s unknown at this time what the motivation was for this. That’s going to be under investigation.”

Vanghele also said it’s probable that more than two shots were fired despite the victim suffering from two gunshot wounds. Police recovered shell casings at the scene that will help in their investigation.

Police initially used a K-9 from Farmington in case the suspect fled on foot, and were later told by witnesses that the shooter left in a newer model, high-end luxury SUV, possibly a Mercedes, Audi or Acura. The suspect was wearing black clothing and a hooded sweatshirt.

The shooting caused two nearby schools – Linden Street Elementary School and Plainville High School – to enter into a modified lockdown. This lasted about an hour while police cleared the condo complex, making sure there was no threat inside the building. 

Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them at 860-747-1616.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 12 September 2022 15:59. Updated: Monday, 12 September 2022 16:01.