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Arrest Made in September 28, 2014 Shooting

On September 28, 2014, an altercation occurred at R and D Food Mart (550 Albany Avenue), that involved the victim, Anthony Wortham, and Rory Taylor. Rory Taylor allegedly notified his brother, Benjamin White, of the altercation. Less than one hour after the altercation took place, White allegedly retrieved a firearm, traveled to 550 Albany Avenue and at approximately 0112 hours, walked through a crowd of bystanders and at close range, shot victim Wortham in the head, killing him. HPD Major Crimes Division led the investigation. Both incidents were captured on video surveillance, evidence was obtained and citizens also helped by providing information. This led to the authorization of an arrest warrant for Benjamin White for violation of CGS Murder, 53a-54a, Criminal Possession of a Firearm, 53a-217c and Criminal Use of a Firearm, 53a-216.

Today, September 9, 2015, at approximately 10:00am Benjamin White was taken into custody by members of the Hartford Shooting Task Force at 310 Garden Street without incident. White was transported to Hartford Police Major Crimes Division where the warrant will be served. He has a Judge Set Bond of One Million Dollars.

Location of Incident- 550 Albany Avenue
Victim- Anthony Wortham - Date of Birth-09/05/1977, of 340 Park Terr., Hartford, CT
Accused- Benjamin White - Date of Birth-03/28/1987, of 310 Garden St. Hartford, CT

Two Incidents within 24 Hours

On Monday, August 31, 2015, at approximately 11:57pm, the Hartford Police Department received several 911 reports of shots fired and a male victim shot at 52-K South Prospect Street. On arrival, a male victim was located suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. The victim was subsequently pronounced deceased on scene by the responding paramedics at 12:34am on Sept. 1, 2015. HPD Major Crimes Detectives and Crime Scene Detectives responded and assumed the investigation. The investigation is on-going at this time.

The victim is identified as William Prieto, DOB 1/25/1983 (32) of 52 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT.

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Hartford Police Officers were dispatched to 26 Pershing Street on 911 calls of a shot fired and a victim down. Hartford Police Patrol Officers responded and located the victim suffering from a single gunshot wound to the temple. The victim was transported to St. Francis hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 8:36am. HPD Major Crimes Detectives and Crime Scene Detectives responded and assumed the investigation. The investigation is on-going at this time.

The victim has been identified as Desmond Wright, DOB 06/24/83 (32) of 211 West Morning Side Street, Hartford, CT.

Anyone with information on either of the two shootings is asked to reach out to the Hartford Police Department. Sergeant Reggie Early can be contacted at (860) 757-4248. Anonymous tips can be submitted by using this link.

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