HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – A woman was killed in a drive-by shooting in Hartford on Wednesday night.
It happened on Sisson Avenue around 5 p.m.
The shooting victim was later identified as Sylvia Cordova, 56, of Hartford.
Police said Cordova was cooking dinner in her apartment when she was hit and killed.
“Absolutely tragic. For this to happen to a woman in the safety of her home is tragic, ”said Hartford Police Lt. Aaron Boisvert.
Police said at least nine shots were fired from a car in broad daylight.
Officials said Cordova was the unintentional target of the shooting.
“There was no response on the first floor. The officers observed that gunshot damage was apparent on the first floor, so they entered the house to do a protective sweep,” said Lt. Boisvert.
More than a dozen family members of the victim were at the scene Wednesday.
People in the neighborhood said it was a tragedy that everyone can relate to because the victim was innocent and going about her own business.
“She was a very loving and caring person. Always like that. It hurts because she was minding her own business,” said Aaliyah Velez, a friend of the family.
Family and friends called mother and grandmother “Pebbles”.
“How do you know you just killed someone innocent. Someone who was just minding their own business,” Velez said.
Police said they were determined to find the person responsible and would rely on home surveillance as well as the city’s extensive camera networks.
In fact, on Thursday the police chief said they had already made a breakthrough and may have obtained key evidence.
“By ten or eleven o’clock we had in our possession what we believe to be the gun responsible for this shooting,” said Hartford Police Chief Jason Thody.
Reverend Henry Brown of the Mothers United Against Violence faith group said he was urging the community to cooperate with the police.
The group is preparing to hold back-to-back vigils after recent violence in the city, as police investigate two murders on Wednesday night.
He also urges people to call each other when they know someone is breaking the law.
“The only thing we know is someone else is going to lose their life in Hartford,” Brown said.
Hartford Police said there had been 18 homicides so far this year.
Anyone with information is urged to call the police at 860-722-TIPS.
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