Arrest made in fatal basketball tournament shooting

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Police have arrested a man in connection with Saturday’s deadly shooting in Hartford.

23-year-old Roosevelt Holmes, of Windsor, is charged with criminal possession of a firearm, criminal attempt/assault first, reckless endangerment, and unlawful discharge firearm. The convicted felon is being held on $1 million bond and more charges are possible pending lab tests.

On Saturday night, four men were shot in Hartford at basketball courts on Holcomb Street at the Sarah J. Rawson Elementary School. Police say hundreds of people were at those courts for a tournament when it erupted into gunfire.

An early investigation revealed that Holmes, a.k.a. “Roe”, who was not participating in the tournament, became involved in a dispute while the tournament was taking place, which then escalated into gunfire. At this time, it’s unknown who this dispute was with, but police say it does not appear that it was with any of the victims.

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Police say while responding to the chaotic scene, they found 41-year-old James Headen suffering from a gunshot to the head. He was taken by ambulance and later died at St. Francis Hospital from his injuries.

Three other men, including the suspect, went separately to St. Francis Hospital by private cars with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Police say Justin Jones, 23, of Hartford, was shot in the hip/groin and Shawn Patterson, 24, of Hartford, was shot in the hand.

Holmes was shot in the calf/ankle area and was treated and release into police custody.

The incident is still under investigation and police are asking any witnesses to contact them.

“Obviously, a lot of people witnessed this and anyone who knows anything or has any cell phone video or camera video of those basketball tournaments recorded, we’d loved them to come forward as soon as possible,” said Deputy Chief Brian Foley, Hartford Police.

Police say they’re not sure if anyone was targeted. And they didn’t know a basketball tournament was going on in the city.

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