HARTFORD, Conn. — Alexander Bradley, a one-time close associate of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, was shot in the leg outside a Hartford nightclub Sunday night — and then grabbed a gun and fired 11 shots into the exterior of the building in retaliation, Hartford police said.
Bradley, 31, allegedly got back into his car and drove a short distance away from the nightclub where he was stopped by police. At that point, the wounded Bradley “spills out of the vehicle” and was arrested, said Hartford Police Lieutenant Brian Foley.
Bradley was rushed to Hartford Hospital, where this morning he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds to his right thigh. Bradley was released from the hospital and taken to police headquarters, but his expected arraignment this afternoon was postponed because he started to bleed again from his wounds, Foley said. Bradley was taken back to the hospital and officials are now hoping to arraign him Tuesday morning.
Foley said a firearm was recovered in the car. Police said this afternoon that Bradley is facing charges of criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, stealing a firearm, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
Bradley, 31, has been entangled in the legal troubles surrounding Hernandez. Once a star tight end for the Patriots, Hernandez is facing a murder charge in the June 2013 murder of Odin L. Lloyd of Boston. He is also being investigated by authorities for possible involvement in a July 2012 double slaying in Boston’s South End.
Bradley has been called to testify to grand juries in both of the cases. In addition, he has filed a civil lawsuit saying that Hernandez shot and wounded him in Florida in February 2013.
Foley said the Hartford incident began inside the Club Vevo shortly after 11 p.m. when a disturbance broke out. He said club personnel pushed the fight outside, where Bradley was shot by an unknown assailant. At that point, Bradley went to his car and allegedly fired multiple shots into the building.
Foley said no one was in front of the bar when Bradley opened fire. Some of the incident was captured on the nightspot’s surveillance cameras. Foley said the club has a “high propensity for violence. We’ve been there before.’’
Foley said a Boston police homicide detective contacted him this morning. But Foley would not comment on whether the Sunday night shooting of Bradley was connected to the ongoing investigation into the South End double slaying.
The Globe has reported that Bradley was subpoenaed in October to appear before a Suffolk County grand jury investigating the murders of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were shot to death in their car on July 16, 2012.
Bradley was arrested when he balked at the court order that he testify, the Globe has reported.
Last month, Connecticut authorities released a search warrant affidavit that was filed by police as they sought to seize and examine an SUV linked to Hernandez that was stored in a relative’s garage in Bristol, Conn., Hernandez’s hometown.
There is “probable cause to believe that Aaron Hernandez was operating the suspect vehicle used in the shooting homicides of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado and may have been the shooter,” detectives wrote in a June search warrant affidavit.
Sources have told the Globe that law enforcement authorities believe Bradley has some information about what happened that night.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in another case: the June 17, 2013, murder of Lloyd in a North Attleborough industrial park. Bradley, the Globe has reported, testified in July before a grand jury considering that case.
Hernandez has not been charged in connection with the South End slayings.
Bradley filed a civil suit in June against Hernandez for allegedly shooting him in the face in February after the two had left a Miami strip club. Bradley lost vision in one eye after the shooting. The lawsuit is pending in federal court in Florida.John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.