Man charged for shooting, assault in Middletown

Julian Welch, 39, of Manchester, charged for shooting and assault on Wednesday night.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Manchester man is facing charges after causing a chaotic scene that led to a shooting in Middletown on Wednesday night.

According to officials, police responded to 25 North Main Street for reports of an assault and gunshots. When officers arrived, the victim was already in the hospital.

During an interview with the victim at the hospital, police learned that the suspect, identified as 39 year-old Julian Welch, ran up to the victim and punched him in the face. Welch apparently began yelling at him asking for $50 that he was owed, police said.

The victim told police he had just finished giving someone a haircut when all of this happened.

After dodging several more punches, the victim told police he was able to get away. But authorities say Welch then returned to his car and grabbed a “Rambo-style” knife, with a long handle and long blade.

The victim then ran behind the home at 25 North Main Street and picked up a glass bottle for self-defense. Welch allegedly saw the glass bottle in the victim’s hand, so he jumped back in his car and began driving straight at him. Someone nearby yelled, “He has a gun”, police said.

According to police, the victim heard two gunshots as he dove to the ground to hide behind a parked car. Then, Welch finally drove away.

Detectives matched up witnesses’ descriptions of the suspect and suspect vehicle. Officers located the suspects soon after clearing the scene and took two males into custody, arresting Welch after witnesses identified him as the one responsible for the assault and shooting.

Welch is facing several assault and weapons charges. he is being held on $500,000 bond.

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