Police: Man found dead from shooting in Hartford apartment

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HARTFORD — Police are investigating the death of a local man as a homicide after he was found shot to death in an apartment on the city’s north end Wednesday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Zayon Collier, 25, who lived in the 60 block of Blue Hills Avenue

Just after 12:45 Wednesday city police were called to the apartment building for “gunfire damage inside the building,” Lt. Aaron Boisvert said in a press release.

Police located evidence of gunfire inside a common stairwell.

As police were checking to make sure residents were alright, they found Collier dead inside one of the apartments with “apparent gunshot wounds,” Boisvert said.

Investigators believe the shooting may have occurred overnight, when police received a report of gunfire in the area. Boisvert said police conducted a “lenghty canvass” in the area but didn’t find evidence of a shooting during that initial search.

The department’s Major Crimes and Crime Scene divisions are investigating.

Police are also investigating a second shooting that occurred on Wethersfield Avenue around 3:31 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Two men, one in his 50s, the other in his 30s, both showed up at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries while officers were at the scene.

Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call HPD Tip Line at 860-722-TIPS (8477).