CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) – Cromwell police have arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths of two men at a crowded reggae night dance party.

Antonio Jerome Inglis, 19, was being held Sunday on two counts of homicide and one count of capital homicide. Police credit tips from the public in helping to track down Inglis, who was found hiding in a house in Portland.

Dispatchers received a 911 call at about 1:30 Sunday morning, reporting multiple shootings at a Cromwell bar. Hundreds of people had gathered for the weekly reggae party.

Officers found one person dead and a second man seriously wounded who died later at Hartford Hospital.

Police identified the two victims as Israel Dandrade, 31, and Tyrese Lockhart, 26, both of Middletown. Kenneth Lewis, 24, of West Hartford, was injured in the shooting.

Capt. Roy Nelson said police are investigating the exact cause of the shooting but they believe the shootings followed an argument. No other details were immediately available Sunday night.

Nelson said frantic customers turned the bar into a scene of bedlam.

“You had a lot of people that were involved in an incident that they didn’t expect to take place and they were fleeing this location,” Nelson told WTNH-TV. “And that was for their own safety. So it was chaotic in that regard.”

The homicides are the first in the Cromwell Police Department’s 25-year history.

AP-ES-02-10-08 1809EST


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