Aaron Hernandez associate held on $1 million bond in Conn. gunfire incident

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | 4:21 p.m. CST; updated 5:19 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Alexander Bradley, an associate of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, stands with his attorney Robert Pickering, left, during arraignment on weapons charges Tuesday in Superior Court in Hartford, Conn. Bradley was shot in the leg outside a Hartford nightclub Sunday night, where police said he returned gunfire. Bradley alleges he was shot in the face by Hernandez in Florida last year.

HARTFORD, Conn. — An associate of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was ordered held on $1 million bond Tuesday following his arrest on charges that he opened fire outside a Connecticut nightclub after an assailant shot him in the leg.

Alexander Bradley was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court on charges of criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a firearm.

His attorney, Robert Pickering, told reporters that Bradley was attacked by a stranger without provocation and should be considered the victim in the case.

"He got punched in the face and shot in the leg three times," Pickering said.

Pickering said that Bradley has attracted unwanted attention in public because of his connection to Hernandez.

Bradley, 31, on Sunday was part of a money-related disturbance outside the Vevo Lounge Bar & Grill in Hartford's South Meadows neighborhood, police said. After he was shot multiple times in the right thigh, he retrieved a gun from his car and tried to enter the nightclub before he opened fire, police said.

Detectives recovered 11 shell casings from outside the club, Hartford police Lt. Brian Foley said, and Bradley's handgun was reported stolen from Springfield, Mass.

Police were still searching Tuesday for the person who shot Bradley.

Bradley alleges in a Florida lawsuit that he lost his right eye when Hernandez shot him in the face as they argued outside a Miami club last February.

Hernandez is detained on a murder charge in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player whose body was found June 17 near Hernandez's North Attleborough, Mass., home. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Boston police recently linked both Hernandez and Bradley to a double homicide in July 2012. Police think Hernandez and Bradley were in an SUV when someone inside the vehicle fatally shot Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Teixeira Furtado in Boston's South End, according to a search warrant filed by Bristol, Conn., police.

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