SUSPECT CHARGED IN HOTEL SHOOTING
Hartford Courant; Hartford; Aug 13, 1998; STEPHEN OHLEMACHER; Courant Staff Writer;
Dateline: EAST HARTFORD
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Police charged a Bloomfield man Wednesday with attempted murder in an Aug. 2 shooting at the Travelers Inn on Main Street.
Chauncey Whitehead, who police say also goes by the name Chauncey Watts, was charged after a bizarre chain of events that landed him in jail, accused not only of the East Hartford shooting but also
of a 1995 slaying in Hartford.
Whitehead, 20, whose address police gave as 16 Rosewood Lane, was staying at the Travelers Inn as part of a group of 58 people who were selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door for a New Jersey
company, according to a police affidavit.
Early on Aug. 2, Whitehead got into an argument with his roommate at the hotel, Thomas Radford, 27, of Georgia, the affidavit said. Whitehead left their room and returned a short time later, about 2
a.m., according to the affidavit.
Police said Whitehead stood in the doorway of the hotel room and used a revolver to fire three shots at Radford, hitting him twice, once each in the chest and leg.
One witness quoted Whitehead as saying, "I hope you die" while he fired the shots, according to the affidavit. Radford, who survived, told police the argument "was over something stupid."
Whitehead fled the hotel after the shooting but turned up at the train station in Hartford about four hours later, police said.
Hartford police received a telephone call from Union Station in Hartford requesting an officer. Officer John Wesoly went to the station, where he was approached by Whitehead.
Police said Whitehead was wanted in connection with a 1995 shooting in Hartford.
In the 1995 shooting, Javier Mateo was gunned down on Franklin Avenue by two men wearing black hoods and riding mountain bikes. Charles Logan of Hartford was sentenced last year to 31 years in
prison for his role in the shooting, but the second suspect, whom police have identified as Whitehead, has been at large.
When Whitehead surrendered to the Hartford officer in connection with the 1995 shooting, police were suspicious about his sudden decision to turn himself in. Hartford police then started contacting
surrounding towns to determine whether Whitehead was a suspect in any other crimes. They found out he fit the description of the suspect in the East Hartford shooting.
Four witnesses, including the victim, identified Whitehead as the gunman in the shooting at the Travelers Inn, and Whitehead admitted to police that he shot Radford, according to the affidavit.
Whitehead has been in jail since his arrest by Hartford police on a charge of murder and three counts of first-degree assault. On Wednesday, East Hartford police served a warrant charging him with
criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree assault and criminal use of a firearm.
He was arraigned Wednesday in Manchester Superior Court. He was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail in the East Hartford shooting, and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court Sept.
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