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Father, Son Charged In Shootings After Broad Street Accident

October 28, 2016

A father and son from Hillside Avenue, who until last Sunday held state pistol permits, remain jailed on $400,000 bail after they allegedly opened fire on a car after an accident on Broad Street, police said.

Between them, police said, Guillermo Rodriguez, 43, and Guillermo Rodriguez-Calo, 24, fired 18 rounds at a car in the area of 1926 Broad St. The men pulled up behind a car at Broad and Roxbury streets shortly after midnight Sunday. When the car did not move, Rodriguez leaned on the horn. The driver of the other car then backed into the father and son's vehicle, heavily damaging it.

They responded by hopping out of their car and blasting away as the other car sped off, then they briefly followed it, police said. The car that sped off has not been identified.

Police responded to the area because of a ShotSpotter activation and found a witness who described what happened. A short time later, officers were dispatched to Hillside Avenue for a complaint from a person who said he'd been involved in a motor vehicle accident on Broad Street. Police figured out the caller was the person involved in the shooting, according to a police report.

Rodriguez told police that the driver of the other car fired two rounds at him after he sounded his horn. When told that officers found 18 shell casings at the scene, Rodriguez changed his story and admitted firing eight rounds from his 9mm pistol at the car, police said.

His son, Rodriguez-Calo, was interviewed separately and told the same story, police said. When confronted with the evidence of 18 rounds being fired, he admitted firing his 40mm handgun at the car until he was out of ammunition, police said. That turned out to be 10 rounds.

Police also said Rodriquez was slurring his speech and smelled of alcohol, and admitted having four beers before the shooting.

Both men were charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, attempted first-degree assault and first-degree reckless endangerment. Rodriguez was also charged with illegally carrying a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

Police seized father and son's guns and pistol permits. Both are due back in court Nov. 9.

Hartford Courant: Connecticut