Hartford police identified the victim of the city's 21st homicide of the year after a man was shot and killed early Tuesday morning.
According to police, a 40-year-old William King, of Hartford, and a 40-year-old Jennifer Ryan from Coventry were shot on Lenox Street around 4:15 a.m.
Mayor Pedro Segarra arrived on the scene just before 7 a.m. He said help is needed from the federal government.
He called the city's homicides a national problem and called for gun control legislation.
"The reality is the access to guns and rate at which guns are finding their way into the community continues at a very alarming pace," Segarra said. "While we continue to work harder locally to get more resources and put more resources and make sure that shifts are covered, there seems to be a trend here that is very difficult for us to have control over."
However, Segarra said he believed the progress was being made after police served a warrant in a shooting from last month.
Officers were patrolling Albany Avenue and Cabot Street when they reported hearing multiple gunshots on Lenox Street and rushed to the scene. Neighbors told Eyewitness News they heard four gunshots.
Upon arrival, officers located King and Ryan. Both victims were rushed to St. Francis Hospital.
Police said King, who was shot in the lower extremities, was pronounced dead a short time later.
Ryan was shot in her left calf and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
Segarra said he went to the hospital to meet with the families of the victims in Tuesday morning's shooting.
Lenox Street remained shut down for the investigation for the investigation by Hartford Police Department Major Crimes Unit.
Police said they spent the morning searching the street for evidence. They said shell casings were still on the scene.
Neighbors said it was a frightening experience. One woman told Eyewitness News that she had to hide under her bed.
Police said that while 21 homicides eclipsed the 2014 mark of 18, it's not the most in recent years.
In 2009, the city saw 34 homicides.
Even though Connecticut has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, Segarra said it is still a problem.
On Tuesday, police did make an arrest in connection to a July homicide where 34-year-old Jonathan Whaley died after being shot and found on Elliot Street in Hartford.
The arrest comes as the mayor has called on state and federal help and police have increased their resources.
Segarra has called gun violence a statewide and national problem.
In Bridgeport, there have been 11 homicides this year, and last year there were five.
New Haven has also seen 11 homicides, and last year 13 people were killed.
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