Hartford—A teenager who was shot inside a crowded party early Sunday at the West Indian Social Club was identified Monday as Shaun Dudley, a 2006 graduate of Weaver High School.
Motive and circumstances surrounding the city's 19th homicide of the year were unclear Monday, police said.
Dudley, 19, of Hartford, was attending a ``juice party'' when he was shot at 1:20 a.m. He ran outside the club and collapsed in the rear of the building at 3340 Main St., police said. He died about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Hartford Hospital.
When police arrived, other patrons were running for the doors, police said.
The party was organized by B & B Entertainment, which also hosted a fashion show Saturday night at Weaver High School. The event at the social club was intended as a non-alcoholic beverage party for young people, Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said.
``We have some suspects,'' Roberts said. ``There were a lot of people in the club that night. It was juice night.''
Roberts said police are investigating whether minors were served alcohol at the party.
Dudley's former high school principal, Paul Stringer, described Dudley as ``a good kid. He persevered.'' He matriculated through Weaver High School and graduated when many students do not.
Anonymous messages may be left on the crime tip number: 860-527-8477.