HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Hartford man has been charged with two counts of murder for allegedly gunning down a man and woman in the city’s South End neighborhood on Monday night.
According to investigators, 20 year-old Joseph Silva shot and killed 22 year-old Joshua Cortez and 23 year-old Alysha Ocasio. It happened in the area of 100 Cowles Street, just before 10:30 p.m.
When officers responded to 911 calls, they found Cortez lying dead in the street, with gunshot wounds to the head. Ocasio was found inside a parked car at the intersection, with several gunshot wounds to her torso. She was sent to Hartford Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Detectives found several spent shell casings and one live round right near the victims. A car tire, which police say belonged to the suspect vehicle, was also found one block north from the scene. Officers then found the car parked on Freeman Street, but it was empty.
Witnesses told police the suspect and others with him ditched the car, jumped in another car and drove away. According to officials, police tracked down the second suspect vehicle shortly after, with all five people inside believed to be involved in the incident.
After interviewing each of the people inside the car, police arrested Silva. Officers proceeded to search Silva’s home on Montrose Street, where they found a gun in the yard they say Silva used in the murders.
Silva had been arrested once before by Hartford police. His bond was set at $3,000,000. Silva is expected to appear in court Wednesday.