A report of "shots fired" led police find to a shotgun that was hidden in a children's playscape on Sunday.
Police said the Benelli U.S.A. Corp. M3 Super 90 shotgun was found in the eastern side of Pope Park. However, a suspect was not located by officers.
Members of Hartford police's shooting task force said they first responded to the area of 493 Zion St. after their "Shot Spotter" system detected to fired shots in the area.
The scene was found near 501 Zion St. where three fired 12-gauge shells were recovered. There were no victims, however.
Eyewitnesses told police that a suspect was seen fleeing toward Park Terrace.
Officers said they canvased the area. That's when they discovered the shotgun hidden in the playscape.
The gun had three live PDX1 Winchester 12-gauge rounds. The serial number one the gun was rubbed out, so tracing it is a challenge. Police will test it for fingerprints.
"It's shocking. I have no words for this," Hartford mother of three Angie Perez said. "To find a gun in a playground...any kid could have found it."
Perez said she shutters to think if a young child had picked it up.
"Just imagine they could go on a rampage and start shooting," Perez said. "They don't know what they are doing at all."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000.
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