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Hartford shooting victim flees suspect by running into convenience store

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Police are investigating an overnight shooting on Judson Street. (WFSB photo) Police are investigating an overnight shooting on Judson Street. (WFSB photo)

Police in Hartford are investigating an overnight shooting.

They said a 22-year-old man was shot on Judson Street.

A suspect fired about eight shots at the victim as the victim ran east on Judson Street.

The victim was struck four times but was able to run into the Big Star Convenience Store on Barbour Street to get away from the suspect, according to police.

The suspect fled behind 57 Judson St. He was only described as wearing dark clothing and armed with a handgun.

Police said the victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

A bullet fragment was recovered from the scene; however, no shell cases could be found.

Hartford's major crimes unit and shooting task force is investigating.

On Thursday, Congressman John Larson and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and Mayor Pedro Segarra hosted a forum to discuss the violence happening in the community.

Pastor Patrice Smith has dedicated much of her life trying to steer children away from gangs and violence.

"I think it was bad then but I think its going to worse now," Smith said. "They are being half raised - they don't have the parents and the parents don't have the power over them anymore."

However there are some success stories. Dean Jones was part of a gang when he was only 14 and he spent some time in jail and lost several friends.

Now he is a college graduate, works full time and spends a lot of time mentoring young children on the streets.

"What woke me up was being in prison myself -- and remembering all the stories and lessons my mother taught me and having support from my father and my wife," Jones said.

Hartford police said they have been working day and night to keep the city safe. Gov. Dannel Malloy assured them that the state is helping to stop the violence.

The city's shooting task force has now more than doubled in size and they have made several arrests.

"As a police department we are doing the best we can --- we are also doing a lot of outreach to our community partners," said Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.

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