On April 28, 2014 at 8:35 pm HPD Officers observed what appeared to be a motor vehicle accident on Albany Ave. Upon Investigation officers discovered the operator of the vehicle suffering from a single gunshot wound to his hand. The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital for treatment. Investigation revealed that the victim, 36yo male of Enfield CT., was at Popeye’s on Albany Ave. in his car when he was approached by a single male suspect displaying a firearm. The victim reported that a struggle ensued and he accelerated away. At this point he was shot, and crashed his vehicle. HPD Major Crimes Division detectives responded and began the investigation
Detectives reviewed surveillance cameras in the Popeye’s parking lot. The video and investigation show that the suspect approached the victim’s vehicle on foot. The suspect, who displayed a firearm, relieved the victim of his wallet, then ordered the victim from the vehicle in an apparent carjacking attempt. The victim and the suspect began to struggle over the gun. During the struggle, the victim sustained a NLT GSW to the left hand. The suspect fled on foot northbound on Lenox Street.
The investigation continued with HPD Major Crimes Detectives responding to St. Francis Hospital in order to speak with the victim. Coincidently, while at St. Francis Hospital, they were approached by East Hartford Police Detectives who were investigating another person in the hospital for a gunshot wound to his right leg. This person gave an account of his gunshot wound that was not plausible and he gave various name and date of birth combinations, in an obvious attempt to frustrate law enforcement in their attempt to reveal his true identity. The HPD Detectives noted that this individual was consistent in appearance to the suspect depicted in the surveillance footage from Popeye’s. He was subsequently identified by the victim as the suspect involved in the robbery / shooting at 964 Albany Avenue.
He was positively identified as Gregory McDade 03/04/87 of 29 Norfolk Street Hartford, CT. McDade’s gunshot wound to his leg was accidental and self-inflicted as it occurred during the struggle with the victim.
McDade was interviewed and gave a detailed verbal confession regarding the robbery / shooting at 964 Albany Avenue.
McDade was arrested on the following charges; Assault 1st degree, Robbery 1st degree, Criminal Possession of a Firearm on a $1,000,000 bond.
McDade is well known to law enforcement, he is presently on Parole and is a convicted felon.
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