Grand jury hears testimony in shooting

A Washington County grand jury began hearing testimony last week in the case against two Connecticut men charged with firing multiple rifle rounds into a home at the Whitehall Mobile Home Park.

The grand jury began hearing testimony last Thursday and as of Tuesday afternoon the panel had not yet voted on whether to indict the suspects.

Washington County District Attorney Kevin Kortright said his office is actively pursuing the case and the grand jury inquiry was ongoing.

“We are continuing to work on this case and pursing lots of leads that involve multiple states,” Kortright said Tuesday.

Jose Febus, 40, and Francisco Gonzalez, 23, both of Hartford, Connecticut, were charged with attempted murder and criminal use of a firearm in the April 12 shooting at the Whitehall Mobile Home Park, which left two homes littered in bullet holes.

The two are accused of firing at least 10 shots into a home at Lot 29. Many of those shots traveled through that home and struck a home in a neighboring lot.

Although there were people in both homes, no one was hurt.

Authorities believe the suspects may be connected to the Latin Kings street gang and were in the region to sell drugs.

They believe the suspects had been involved in what they termed as a “narcotics-related dispute” with two New York City men who had been visiting an acquaintance that lives in a home at Lot 29.

Police are still searching for those men.

They were charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Additional charges may be file depending on the results of the grand jury inquiry.

A third subject, Brendaliz Febus, 21, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

All three were arrested on April 13 at the Budget Inn motel, across the road from the mobile home park.

Kortright would not say whether the suspects had prior criminal offenses on their records but said the county will aggressively pursue the case.

“I find it disturbing that they came to Washington County to ply their trades,” he said. “This is bad news.”

The two shooting suspects are being held in Washington County Correctional Facility.

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