MANCHESTER — One person died and another was seriously injured when they were shot at an early morning gathering Sunday in the Pleasant Valley Road commuter lot, state police said.
Police said troopers from the Troop H Barracks in Hartford responded to calls about a shooting at the commuter lot at about 2 a.m. The lot, off Buckland Street on Pleasant Valley Road, is state property, so the state police Major Crime Squad is investigating the matter.
When police arrived at the scene they discovered two victims with gunshot wounds, who were both taken to area hospitals for their injuries, police said.
A 20-year-old Massachusetts woman, Jennifer Hicks, 20, died from her injuries, police said.
State police today did not have an update as to the condition of the second victim.
Between 100 and 200 people were at the commuter lot during the incident, police said, and they are looking for witnesses.
Posts about pop-up car shows and meets have been prevalent on Facebook in recent months, with locations in Manchester near the Buckland Hills mall and Vernon’s commuter lot listed as popular spots for gatherings.
Sunday’s gathering has not been confirmed to be one of those car shows.
Three people were shot in a business parking lot on East River Drive in East Hartford on July 20 after a gathering organized on social media drew hundreds of people to the area, East Hartford police have said.
Police said then it was the second night in a row they had responded to the area along the Connecticut River to break up a large gathering that was organized on social media. The gatherings drew as many as 500 cars, police said, many coming from Massachusetts.
Police have not announced any arrests in connection with that shooting.
Manchester Police Lt. Ryan Shea said that such large gatherings have been occurring in town sporadically over the past month, and on several occasions Manchester police have provided assistance to state police in clearing out that specific commuter lot.
“We are working with area police agencies and owners of private properties in Manchester where gatherings have occurred to address the ongoing issues surrounding these gatherings,” Shea said.
Detectives from the Central District Major Crimes Squad are investigating the shooting and request anyone with information about the incident to call Connecticut State Police Troop H at 860-534-1000. All calls will remain confidential, police said.