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Security cameras, social media led Hartford police to teens charged in drive-by shooting death of 3-year-old, records show

New court records reveal how Hartford detectives used a series of police surveillance cameras and social media searches to track down the two teens accused of fatally shooting 3-year-old Randell Jones in a drive-by early last month in the North End.

Jaziah Smith, 19, and Tyquam Malone, 16, were arrested late last month and charged with murder and the case has sparked outcry from longtime local activists and top elected officials, who have redoubled their efforts to reduce urban gun violence in its aftermath.

The teens’ arrest warrant affidavits, unsealed and released publicly for the first time Tuesday afternoon, detail how police used the department’s extensive network of city surveillance cameras and information on pseudonymous Facebook accounts to identify all of the people believed to be involved in the shooting.