HARTFORD, Conn. — Police say an associate of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez is facing weapons charges related to a shooting outside a Hartford nightclub.
Police say Alexander Bradley was shot multiple times in the leg Sunday night outside the Vevo Lounge Bar & Grill and then opened fire himself.
Hartford Police Lt. Brian Foley says Bradley faces charges including criminal possession of a firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm. He was arrested early Monday.
“Evidence revealed there was a disturbance in the club that was pushed outside by staff,” Foley said. “At this point, Bradley was shot. Bradley went to a vehicle, got a gun, then shot up the front of the club.”
Responding police officers stopped a car that sped away from the club, and an injured Bradley got out and fell on the street, Foley said.
An attorney for Bradley declined to comment.
Boston police have linked both Hernandez and Bradley to a double homicide in July 2012. Police believe Hernandez and Bradley were in an SUV when someone inside the vehicle fatally shot Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado in Boston’s South End, according to a search warrant filed by Bristol, Conn., police.
The warrant doesn’t say who investigators believe pulled the trigger in the double killing or suggest a motive. No charges have been filed in the case. The warrant sought recordings of phone calls made by Bradley while he was jailed in Hartford in October for failing to appear before a Massachusetts grand jury investigating the 2012 shooting.
Investigators say they found the SUV wanted in the Boston homicides at the home of Hernandez’s uncle in Bristol.
Police say surveillance camera recordings show Hernandez and Bradley going into a Boston nightclub shortly after the shooting victims went into the club. The recordings also show Hernandez driving the SUV out of a nearby parking garage with Bradley as a passenger shortly before the shootings, police said.
Boston police called Hartford police Monday about Bradley’s shooting as part of their investigation, Foley said.