HARTFORD — A city man facing charges for allegedly shooting Alexander Bradley, an associate of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, outside a nightclub on Sunday was ordered held on $1 million bail Thursday.
Leslie Randolph, 29, of Hartford, was arrested in Southington late Tuesday. Hartford police major crimes detectives obtained a warrant charging him with first-degree assault, criminal use of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit.
Randolph was arraigned in Superior Court in Hartford on Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court again on March 5.
A judge ordered that he have no contact with Bradley.
A bail commissioner said Randolph has been convicted of second-degree threatening, criminal possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics.
In arguing for a lower bond, defense attorney Peter Odlum said Randolph is a lifelong Connecticut resident with extended family ties.
He said his client graduated from a culinary arts program and was working full time at a restaurant at the time of his arrest. He said Randolph wants to be able to work and support his 12-year-old son who lives with him.
Outside of court, Odlum said he doesn't know whether Randolph knew Bradley before Sunday.
Several of Randolph's supporters attended Thursday's arraignment. They declined to comment.
Randolph and a friend were involved in an argument over money with another man Sunday night at Vevo Lounge in the South End, according to an arrest warrant.
The dispute escalated outside the bar and Randolph is seen on surveillance video shooting Bradley with a handgun, the warrant says.
Bradley, 31, of East Hartford, was shot three times outside of the club. Police say he responded by retrieving a gun from his car and firing at the door and windows of the bar, causing patrons inside to dive for cover.
In a call to 911, a man reports the first shooting and is on the phone when a second round of gunshots takes place.
"They coming now with a gun," a man tells a dispatcher before several gunshots are heard.
A different person calls 911 to report that people are outside shooting at the building.
"Everybody's on the floor right now — they're outside," the caller says. "They're shooting at the windows, the doors, everything right now. We don't know who it is."
Bradley was arraigned Tuesday and ordered held on $1 million bail on charges that he fired at least 11 shots into the Hartford bar.
Police who responded to the reports of gunfire at Vevo Lounge Sunday night recovered a gun in Bradley's car, which they pulled over as it was fleeing the scene.
The man driving the car was a state Department of Correction "correctional trainee" on his "working test period." He was fired on Monday "due to off-duty conduct in direct violation of our administrative directives," said DOC spokesman Andrius Banevicius.
Police Lt. Brian Foley said he is not expected to face charges.
Bradley's charges include criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, stealing a firearm and obliterating the serial number of a firearm. He also was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment. He also has a pending domestic violence case in Hartford, and has been charged with violation of protective order in that case.
Bradley is scheduled to appear in court on March 4.
A week before Hernandez was arrested and charged in the slaying of Odin Lloyd last June, Bradley filed a civil suit claiming Hernandez shot him in the eye in February 2013 after an argument at a Florida strip club.
Bradley also was with Hernandez the night of a 2012 double homicide in Boston in which the former Patriot is a suspect. Prosecutors say they have surveillance footage from the night of the drive-by shooting that shows both men in the car they believe to be the suspect vehicle.
Bradley has been subpoenaed to appear before two Massachusetts grand juries investigating Hernandez for the Lloyd homicide and the double homicide in Boston.