Police charge 27-year-old man in Hartford vigil shooting

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Police have arrested a 27-year-old Connecticut man in connection with a shooting at a vigil honoring the lives of two Hartford homicide victims.

The Hartford Courant reports that Leon McCarthy was held on $400,000 bail at his arraignment Thursday on first-degree assault and weapons charges.

Prosecutors say McCarthy attended the March 20 vigil, where he and his brother, Lamont McCarthy, were accused by a woman of being involved in the victims’ deaths.

Police say an argument ensued, and the McCarthys began punching the woman in the face. Another man intervened, and allegedly knocked out Lamont McCarthy with one punch.

With his brother unconscious, police say Leon McCarthy shot and seriously injured Carlton Chennies.

Leon McCarthy’s lawyer says his client has no criminal record, attended college and is employed.

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