The Hartford Police Department is investigating the 17th homicide in the city this year after a deadly shooting early Wednesday morning.
According to police, a 38-year-old Marcus McDade was shot in his leg and torso near 8 Pliny St. just before 3 a.m.
McDade, who lives at that home, was rushed to Saint Francis Hospital where he died from his injuries.
"It's something we keep experiencing. Not just with my family but other families," said Natasha Oyola, who is McDade's sister. "He was there when the kids needed him and that's what was important and he knew how we were when it came to family."
Police said they were alerted to the shooting by ShotSpotter after multiple shots were fired. Police said they did not receive any 911 calls, even though the surrounding area is very densely populated.
Eyewitness News talked with four people living in the immediate vicinity and none of them reported hearing gun shots.
Upon arrival, police found the unidentified man in a backyard, which is in a quiet neighborhood in the north end.
“We've had an unusual spike in the number of homicides,” Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said. “I was at the site and I met with the families and I tried to offer any comfort I can.
Detectives from the Hartford Police Major Crimes Division responded to the fatal shooting. Officers were seen going to door-to-door and gathering evidence.
Many people, who live in the area, said they are in disbelief after the shooting. Some people talked to Eyewitness News about McDade, who is a father of six children.
“[He was] always laughing, joking around...but hearing and seeing this, I can't believe it,” Kalvin Harris, of Hartford, said.
"You think about how they spent their last moments, being by themselves and you couldn't be there and he is a dad and the kids and family is going to cope," said Jessica McBride, who is McDade's cousin.
The family is calling for the violence to stop as Hartford now deals with its 17th homicide this year.
"Keep it away from us. This is our neighborhood, our life, our kids, we don't want it here because how are we going to have a next generation," Oyola said.
Anyone with any information about the fatal shooting is asked to call the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000 or submit an anonymous tip here.
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