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Suspect Nabbed After Man, Pregnant Woman Shot At CT Store

Sherod Hackett
Sherod Hackett Photo Credit: Google Maps street view and Newington Police Department

Two employees of a Connecticut auto parts store were shot, including a pregnant woman, during a robbery.

The incident took place in Hartford County around 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 6 in Newington at the O’Reilly Auto Parts located at 3443 Berlin Turnpike.

According to Sgt. Ryan Deane, of the Newington Police, officers responded to the store for a reported shooting. 

Upon arrival, officers located two victims suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, including the pregnant woman who was shot in shot in the calf and hip as she tried to flee, police said.

The woman is listed in stable condition and a male employee shot multiple times is listed in critical condition, Deane said.

The suspect, identified as New London County resident Sherod Hackett, age 24, of Montville fled the area prior to police arrival. 

Police resources were requested from surrounding towns to assist in locating Hackett and a search was initiated using K-9 units, aerial drones, and tactical units, he added. 

At 9 p.m., several residents in a neighborhood about a half-mile northwest of the shooting location began to contact Newington Police dispatch about a suspicious man walking in the area, Deane said.

The man matched Hackett's description and officers responded to the area where he was taken into custody without incident, police said.

He was transported to an area hospital for injuries sustained prior to police contact.

Hackett was charged with:

  • Assault of a pregnant person
  • Assault 
  • Robbery
  • Carrying a pistol without a permit
  • Reckless endangerment 
  • Larceny 

He is being held on a $1.5-million bond.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information is encouraged to contact Det. Shannon LaChance at 860-666-8445. Reference case #2200022599.

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