February 4th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The complicated web of crime surrounding Alexander Bradley, a former associate of Aaron Hernandez, is getting bigger and now extending to Springfield.
Police say Bradley was involved in a shootout in Hartford Sunday night, and his gun was one of many that was stolen from Springfield.
Bradley, who claims Hernandez shot him in the face outside a Miami nightclub in February 2013, was shot in the leg several times outside the Vevo club in Hartford’s South end. That’s when investigators say Bradley is seen on surveillance cameras going to his car, pulling out a gun, and firing several times.
“Our crime scene detectives recovered at least 11 shell casings from the scene which means he fired the weapon at least 11 times,” said Hartford Police Lieutenant Brian Foley, ” The gun he was using in the incident was stolen, it was stolen from a federal firearms licensee from Springfield, Massachusetts and part of 111 guns stolen.”
Back in November 2012, two men were arrested in Connecticut for allegedly stealing 111 guns from the Smith and Wesson plant in Springfield, and then trying to sell those guns. During that arrest police initially recovered only 28 of those guns. Springfield Police have not been able to confirm if that heist is the one Lt. Foley is referring to.
Bradley was forced to testify before the grand jury which indicted Aaron Hernandez for the July 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in Attleboro. Bradley and Hernandez are also both tied to a 2012 deadly double-shooting in Boston.
Police have not said whether Sunday night’s shooting is tied to Odin Lloyd’s case or the Boston murder. “Certainly if it was, I would not be at liberty to discuss it,” said Lt. Foley, “obviously as a matter of standard protocol, we are in contact with the Boston Police Homicide [Unit].”