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As neighbors cry for change, Hartford police respond to another shooting

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People held a vigil on Wednesday night to plead for an end to the violence in Hartford. (WFSB photo) People held a vigil on Wednesday night to plead for an end to the violence in Hartford. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

As advocates gathered to pray for peace on Wednesday night, police said they responded to yet another shooting in Hartford’s north end.

People held a vigil and told Eyewitness News that they’re frustrated with the violence.

Police said the victim of the shooting is expected to survive.

“I started screaming and hollering saying ‘oh my God, oh my God! What's going on now?’” said Prenzina Winch of Hartford.

Winch said she was on her way home from the vigil when she came across the violent scene.

Police said the victim was a 25-year-old man who was shot on Burton Street.

“I'm glad to hear that the man didn't die but it's still the same thing,” Winch said. “Shooting bullets don't have no names on it.”

Winch’s grandson, Richard Holloway, was shot and killed on Monday, according to police. He was Hartford’s 29th homicide.

Winch said her grandson served three tours of duty in Afghanistan but came home to Hartford where he was murdered.

That crime was followed by a stabbing on Wednesday, which became the city’s 30th.

That’s what led Winch and others to gather for the vigil and call for change.

“Every week we’re here, somebody gets killed and it do not make any sense,” Winch said. “All these people getting killed for what reason. And every time you hear the reason, it's stupid.”

Police said this year was the first time that Hartford hit 30 homicides since 2009. That year, there were 33.

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