NORWALK, Conn. -- Drugs may have played a role in the 1987 cold case homicide the Norwalk Police Department is asking the public's help in solving.
The murder of Willie "PC" "Popcorn" Hernandez, 21, occurred around 4:20 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 1987, at 140 Water St., inside a Volvo sedan, according to police.
The Norwalk Police received a report of shots fired in the vicinity of 140 Water St. and Washington Village, said police.
The exact location was not known due to the echoing from buildings in the area, according to police.
The area was checked along with the help of security from Rex Marine but no victim, witness or evidence could be located at that time, said police.
Then approximately two hours later and with the help of daylight, a caller reported finding a man bleeding in a gold Volvo in the lot at 140 Water Street, police said.
Officers and Norwalk Paramedics arrived on scene and found a male in the front driver seat of a bronze colored Volvo sedan with apparent gunshot wounds to the chest, according to police.
The male was pronounced dead at the scene and the ensuing investigation identified the victim as Willie “PC” “Popcorn” Hernandez of 107 Washington Village, Norwalk, said police.
The Volvo appeared to be an unregistered vehicle that Hernandez was sitting in, according to police.
A possible motive for the murder was related to drugs, said police.
Another person reported that several males were out driving around and celebrating a birthday and one of them known as “Greenboy” and from Bridgeport was shooting a gun off and fired into the Volvo and struck Hernandez, according to police.
It was unknown if “Greenboy” knew that the Volvo was occupied, said police.
At this time, the case remains unsolved, police said.
Anybody with information is asked to contact Lt. Art Weisgerber at (203)-854-3028 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Norwalk Police Tip Line at (203)- 854-3111
Anonymous Internet tips can be sent to Norwalk Police website at: www.norwalkpd.com
Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing "NPD" into the text field, followed by the message, and sending it to CRIMES (274637).
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