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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The latest shooting in the capital city happened on the same night as an event meant to bring the community and police together in an effort to stand against crime.

Police received numerous 911 calls about a reported shooting in the area of Baltimore Street and Albany Avenue just after 10 p.m. Upon arrival, officers located a crime scene, but no victim.

A short time later, officials at St. Francis Hospital called police and said 27-year-old Jermaine McLean was brought in suffering from gunshot wounds to the abdomen and legs.

"He was shot at this location, transported by private vehicle. We received no calls prior to this in regards to any type of altercation,” Hartford Police Sergeant Paul Cicero said.

McLean was rushed into surgery at St. Francis Hospital. At last check, the police said he was in critical condition. Police said McLean is expected to survive from his injuries.

Hundreds of people participated in Hartford events for the National Night Out on Tuesday evening. The event is meant to unify communities and police in order to curb violence.

“The kids are always in the park and they just came to enjoy this,” Carmen Rodriguez, of Hartford, said. 

This shooting follows the city's 20th homicide a few days ago.

Mayor Pedro Serra's campaign manager Michael Bland said he is soliciting help from the governor.

“He's continued to meet with the governor, other elected officials and something that he can do is meet with other mayors who are having this systemic problem,” Bland said.

Police said the vehicle that brought McLean to St. Francis Hospital was found a block away on Kent Street.

The Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Unit are investigating the shooting. Police said they have interviewed several people, but no suspects have been identified. There is no motive for the shooting at this time.

Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to call Hartford Crime Stoppers at 860-722-TIPS or by testing TIP711 (24637). 

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