Meeting held to discuss weekend violence in Hartford
By WFSB Staff
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -
A violent weekend in Hartford ended with two people dead, several more injured and many others looking for answers.
In total, Hartford saw seven shootings and one stabbing over the weekend.
In the wake of all the violence, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra met with officials at City Hall to talk about the violent weekend.
Segarra and Hartford Police Chief James Rovella usually meet on Wednesdays, but the meeting was moved up to Monday morning because of the weekend violence.
The two met for about 40 minutes Monday morning for an update on what took place.
From the North End to the South End, the violence was widespread.
While detectives investigate the separate incidents, Rovella said they are drawing a connection between at least two of the shootings.
He added that the violence comes on the heels of the Hartford Police Department implementing its summer program, the months in which the city typically sees an uptick in violent crimes.
"What we do, we increase patrols," Rovella said. "We're extra vigilant in investigations and we go from there."
Segarra said he isn't considering asking for state troopers to help out on the streets, but he is looking for some state resources specifically to develop a uniformed, centralized, re-entry initiative with parole, probation and the Department of Corrections.
He said Hartford recently picked up more than 7,000 new releases.
"We need to make sure we have the resources to coordinate the re-entry of these men and women who often find themselves in our city, and probably need a lot more support than they are currently getting," Segarra said.
He added they also discussed about engaging with the community from putting down the guns to coming forward with information.
Cassandra Davidson lives near one of the deadly shootings on Thomaston Street. She said she's worried about her grandchildren.
"I feel threatened for their lives," Davidson said. "I really do because, as you know, a stray bullet doesn't know anyone."
Police said they responded to four of the shootings late Friday night into early Saturday morning, including a deadly shooting on Ashley Street.
Police said the victim, 24-year-old Michael Bailey Jr. of Bloomfield, was found shot at 99 Ashley St. around 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning.
Officers said they then responded to several shootings and a stabbing again between Saturday night and Sunday morning. According to police, shootings happened near 1846 Main St., 894 New Britain Ave., 102 Thomaston St. and a person was stabbed at Club Divi Divi's on Pope Park Highway.
Police said the shooting on Thomaston Street was deadly, claiming the life of a 16-year-old Windsor teen.
At this time police do not have suspects in any of the shootings and are asking anyone who may have witnessed anything to contact them at 860-722-TIPS (8477).
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