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February 19, 2020

State shutters Hartford’s Majestic Lounge after deadly shooting

Photo | Hartford Police Department A community vigil was held Tuesday night for the victims of a Sunday morning shooting at Hartford's Majestic Lounge.

State officials have shut down a Hartford nightclub where one man was killed and four more were injured during a shooting early Sunday morning.
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull late Tuesday suspended Majestic Lounge’s liquor permit at the request of interim Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody.
The nightclub, at 451 Franklin Ave. in Hartford’s South End, will remain closed while DCP’s liquor control division investigates Sunday’s shooting, DCP said.
In a summary suspension order filed Tuesday, Seagull said the nightclub has been a known “hot spot” for police.
Hartford Police say officers on Sunday were already outside the Majestic Lounge due to previous concerns about activity there. (A stabbing and shooting outside the business were reported last fall).
Police were able to respond immediately Sunday when they heard gunfire within the club at about 1:30 a.m. The officers then entered the nightclub and located four people wounded by gunshots, officials say.
Police on Monday night said they arrested one alleged shooter, Joshua Saez, 30, of Springfield. Saez is currently hospitalized and is being held on a $1.75 million bond.
Meantime, investigators say they are still looking for another gunman who shot Saez and another individual.
Police say 28-year-old Marquis Treadwell was killed in the incident. A 30-year-old woman, 19-year-old woman, and two men ages 34 and 30 were also injured in the shooting, according to multiple media reports.
Mayor Luke Bronin in a statement Sunday said a dispute at the nightclub “turned deadly because individuals were in possession of illegal handguns… .”
Bronin added that the immediate response by Hartford Police “may have prevented further loss of life.”

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