A man was fatally shot at about 1 a.m. Friday in Hartford’s Clay Arsenal neighborhood, becoming the sixth homicide in the city this year.
Detectives searched for evidence at the scene Friday afternoon and released few details. Police said the 56-year-old victim, Melvin Baskerville, was a Hartford man, and emphasized that the shooting did not appear to be random.
“It’s still early in the investigation. Detectives have been out here since 1,” Lt. Aaron Boisvert said outside the apartment building where the man was shot.
Baskerville was the superintendent at 114-116 Mather St., the apartment building where he was shot, according to police. He lived only a block away at 79-81 Mather.
Patrol officers rushed to 114-116 Mather after dispatchers got a ShotSpotter report and 911 calls about a shooting. They found Baskerville in a stairwell in back of the three-story brick building suffering from several gunshot wounds.
Baskerville was alive when he reached St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and underwent emergency surgery, Boisvert said. He died shortly before 7 a.m.