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West Hartford Police cordoned off the area around the shooting. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP and WTIC Staff) _ A sixth teenager has now been arrested, in connection with a shooting yesterday in the Elmwood section of West Hartford.

The latest person to be taken into custody is underage, so his name can not be released, West Hartford Police Chief James Strillacci said this morning.

The latest person to be charged is accused of assault conspiracy, the same charge as most of the other people taken into custody.

An apparent bullying incident involving high school boys who went to a girl’s house after school ended with a man hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his neck and all five boys under arrest, West Hartford police said.

The Conard High School boys showed up outside the girl’s home on Abbotsford Avenue on Tuesday afternoon and a 21-year-old male relative of the girl confronted them, Capt. Joseph LaSata said.

Witnesses told police that the students surrounded the victim and a 17-year-old boy shot the man while eating a piece of pound cake.

The injured man, who is believed to be the girl’s cousin, was in critical condition at Hartford Hospital on Wednesday, LaSata said. His name wasn’t released.

LaSata said it wasn’t clear why the boys went to the girl’s house.

“They were walking around in front of the house, which prompted the relative to walk outside, which prompted it to escalate,” LaSala said.

The high school principal and school superintendent didn’t immediately return messages Wednesday.

The alleged shooter was charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and other crimes. His name wasn’t released because he’s under 18.

Police also charged 18-year-old Andre Cook of West Hartford, 18-year-old Marcus Stevens of West Hartford, 18-year Justin Reyes of Hartford and a second unnamed 17-year-old with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault.

They faced arraignment in Hartford Superior Court on Wednesday.


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