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Hartford police identify victim in city's 18th homicide

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Police continue to investigate along Elliott Street in Hartford after a person was shot and killed early Saturday morning.

Officers were called just after 2 a.m. when residents reported hearing gunshots, police said their Shot Spotter also alerted to gunshots in the area.

"Withing the foyer entryway of the apartment,we found a victim suffering from a couple of gunshot wounds to the torso," said Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley.

A man was found suffering from at least two gun shot wound, he was rushed to an area hospital where they were later pronounced dead. He has been identified as 34-year-old Jonathan Whaley.

Police said that two men who had been on the porch engaged in an argument with someone on Elliot Street. The argument became heated and multiple rounds were fired at the two men who were on the porch. 

The other man on the porch was also shot, but he is expected to survive, police said.

"I really think everybody needs to pull together as a community and stop it," said Rhonda Koronanian, a friend of the Whaley.

Koronanian is sickened by this and the growing number of homicides Hartford has experienced just seven months into the year. 

The continued uptick in violence prompted Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra to respond to the scene early Saturday.

"It's my primary responsibility to make sure the city is secure," Segarra said. 

With so much violence, Segarra said Hartford desperately needs help from other towns, cities, the state and federal government to tackles the rash of shootings and rising homicide rate. 

"What you see playing out in media may not be what you see behind the scenes," Foley said. 

Foley told Eyewitness News that law enforcement leaders are meeting and trying to find a solution amid a time where budget are stretched thin everywhere. 

"I am confident as we meet today with the state and we meet with everyone else that the Shooting Task Force will be up and running and effective as it was years ago in a very quick manner," Foley said. 

Foley also said that Hartford Police and State Police are meeting on Saturday to address shooting and other matters. According to Segarra, there is not timetable for the reforming of the Shooting Task Force. 

Police are still searching for the suspect related to this shooting. 

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