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Two arrested in connection with shooting that killed Hartford 12-year-old

SéCret Pierce.
Bianca Pierce
12-year-old SéCret Pierce died following a drive-by shooting on Huntington Street in Hartford, Conn. on Thursday, April 20, 2021.

Two people have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Hartford that left a 12-year-old girl dead last week. But the two teenagers taken into custody are not charged with shooting young Se’Cret Pierce.

Instead, police said, they were among the people wounded by gunfire from the drive-by shooters. A 23-year-old man also was wounded.

According to an arrest warrant obtained Wednesday by Connecticut Public, the attack was recorded on video. Police said a gunman was hanging out the rear driver's side window of the car, shooting over the roof. At least 17 shots were fired.

Eighteen-year-old Jeremy Francis was on the sidewalk nearby, when a bullet shattered his pelvis. Police said he fell, then used a gun to return fire at the car.

Francis was arrested because when he shot back, people — including the 12-year-old girl — were in a car stopped in his line of fire. Police charged him with unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a permit, risk of injury to a minor and reckless endangerment.

A 16-year-old who was also wounded in the shooting was taken into custody, because he was on house arrest at the time, in a previous firearms case, police said.

The state public defender's office is representing Francis, but said it could not comment Wednesday because his case has not yet been assigned to a staff member.

Se'Cret's death came more than a decade after her father, Shane Oliver, was shot to death on another Hartford street. Oliver was 20.

Police said they are still looking for the people who were in the drive-by car.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Matt Dwyer is an editor, reporter and midday host for Connecticut Public's news department. He produces local news during All Things Considered.

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