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Mayoral candidates have visions to stop crime in Hartford

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hours after an event aimed at bringing police and community members together, another shooting was reported in Hartford.

There have been 20 homicides this year, more than in all of 2014.

On Tuesday night, a 27-year-old man was shot multiple times, and he is expected to survive.

They mayoral candidates are speaking out about their ideas to fix the problem in the capital city.

Luke Bronin is running for mayor of Hartford and he was campaigning on Wednesday.

Eyewitness News spoke to him, along with Mayor Pedro Segarra, about the violence in Hartford.

“Very unfortunate that we as community band together to prevent violence and we still have folks commit this violence,” Segarra said.

HE added that he has visited every homicide victim’s family this year and has spear-headed meetings to come up with ways to curb crime.

However his competition, Bronin, said he doesn’t think those tactics are working and he has his own vision for the city.

“The police staffing is a big issue and it's not just about getting back up to a level where we need to be but it's about we aren't doing any more harm,” Bronin said.

He added that officers are scheduled to retire soon, as the city is already down 80 police officers.

“It’s not all about numbers but part of it is. You can't do that community policing if you're stretched thin and have officers working back-to-back shifts- again and again,” Bronin said.

He added that he wants to bring back more officers to the streets, but Segarra said he doesn’t think that is the problem.

“The majority of the community wants peace and wants to violence to stop, we are talking about a small group of people who want to ruin it for the rest of us and we can't let them win that war.” Segarra said.

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