A Connecticut couple with an infant was fatally shot on Father’s Day during a “small personal dispute” between neighbors over a dog, police said.
Christina Dang, 27, and Chase Garrett, 39, were pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting on their drive to Hartford. The third victim, a woman police said lived at the same address as the couple, was taken to hospital in critical condition. Her identity has yet to be revealed.
“This has been a tragic sequence of events and it is heartbreaking to think that two people have lost their lives and a third remains in critical condition, as a minor personal dispute escalated into violence,” said Mayor Hartford. Luke Bronin said at a news conference Monday.
He said a “very painful and particularly tragic element” of the shooting was “there was a 6-month-old baby who we believe is now an orphan.”
Family members of the victim later clarified that the baby was only 4 months old in comments to local media.
Dang’s older sister, Julie, said NBC Connecticut Her sister “is a beautiful soul full of life.” She just gave birth in February.
“She was the mother of a 4-month-old, Chosen, and she lost her life over a pointless argument,” she said. “It’s hard for a child to lose two parents on the same night and on Father’s Day, a day to be loved and, you know.”
Police said the baby was taken into custody by the Department of Children and Families following the shooting.
A vehicle that police say they believe could be used as a commuter vehicle has been seized, and a person of interest has been identified, but no suspects have been detained as of this morning. Tuesday.
There were no further details on the circumstances of the argument, but police said they had not previously responded to any altercations between neighbours.
“This is a continuation of a very, very painful trend that we are seeing not only in Hartford, but across the state and across the country… of petty personal disputes that escalate at a rapid rate. startling turned violent. And the presence of guns then turns those disputes into death threats,” said Bronin, lamenting that for the child who was left behind, “life was changed forever because of a small argument over a child.” The dog turned into a tragic shooting. ”