HARTFORD — A onetime associate of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was shot in the leg outside a nightclub in Hartford Sunday and then allegedly sprayed the lounge with gunfire in retaliation, sending patrons diving to the floor for cover, police said.
Alexander Bradley, 31, of East Hartford got into an argument over money with another person inside Vevo Lounge on Meadow Street shortly after 11 p.m., and the altercation spilled outside the establishment, where Bradley was shot in his right thigh, Hartford police said.
Lieutenant Brian Foley said Monday that Bradley then allegedly returned to the club with a .45-caliber handgun and, after failing to gain entry, fired shots at the building from outside. No one inside the club was struck, but police found 11 shell casings outside.
Foley said Bradley then got back into a car driven by his cousin, and the vehicle was stopped a short distance later, at which time a wounded Bradley fell out and was arrested.
He was taken to Hartford Hospital. It was not clear Monday night when he will be arraigned on 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.
A hospital spokeswoman said Monday evening that Bradley’s name was not listed in the patient database, but that, according to protocol, information on patients who are high-profile or who may be in danger is sometimes not released.
Bradley has repeatedly made headlines in the saga involving Hernandez, 24, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in the June 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, 27, of Dorchester.
Bradley is suing Hernandez in federal court in Florida, alleging that the athlete shot him in the face there in February 2013. Bradley’s lawyer in that case had no comment on Bradley’s arrest in Connecticut.
In addition, authorities are investigating Hernandez’s possible involvement in a July 2012 double slaying in Boston’s South End, and the Globe has reported that Bradley was subpoenaed in October to appear before a grand jury that was hearing evidence in the case. He was arrested when he refused to testify.
Foley said Monday that a Boston police homicide detective had contacted him earlier in the day, but he would not say whether Sunday’s shooting was tied in any way to the Boston investigation.
Boston police and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office had no comment Monday.
Foley said Monday that the suspect who shot Bradley remained at large, and the gun that Bradley allegedly used was one of 111 firearms that were stolen from a licensed dealer in Springfield, Mass. He had no further details on that theft, including when it occurred.
Foley also said the man who drove Bradley from the shooting scene was a correctional officer in Connecticut, but he did not have his name. Foley said the state Department of Correction fired Bradley’s cousin Monday, but he did not say why.
A corrections spokesperson could not be reached for comment Monday night.
Attempts to reach the owner of Vevo were unsuccessful. The club remained shuttered Monday evening, and a cleaner who emerged from the building at about 6:15 p.m. said the lounge is usually closed on Mondays.
The man, who declined to give his name, said he had no knowledge of the shooting the night before.
Outside the club on Monday afternoon, snow had begun to cover what appeared to be large amounts of blood spattered across an area of about 10 feet by 10 feet on the asphalt leading to the front door of the lounge. No damage was visible on the building’s red-brick exterior or its black canvas awnings.
The club has a “high propensity for violence,” Foley said. “We’ve been there before.’’
Separately Monday, defense lawyers for Hernandez filed their opposition to a motion from prosecutors to obtain his visitor logs and recordings of jailhouse telephone conversations.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the location of the 2012 double slaying in Boston’s South End.