Hartford police investigating five separate weekend shootings
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – It was a violent weekend in the capital city.
Police responded to five separate shootings throughout Hartford.
Nobody was killed, but a total of seven people were injured.
More units are out on the streets during the summer months.
This uptick came after a week where there were no shootings.
Police said they are already making progress on these cases.
It was a busy weekend for detectives.
Between Friday and Sunday, police responded to five shootings throughout Hartford.
“These shootings all appear to be personal disputes of some sort. We’ve collected a lot of evidence and we’ve already identified suspects in some of these shootings,” said Lt. Aaron Boisvert with the Hartford Police Department.
On Saturday night, police responded to a double shooting on Wethersfield Avenue.
Then on Sunday night, police responded to another double shooting.
All of the victims were taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
“You think of 7 victims, some of those victims have multiple gunshot wounds so very fortunate that they didn’t turn into a homicide,” said Boisvert.
At this point, police do not believe the shootings are connected.
During the summer months, police typically see an uptick in violence and respond accordingly.
“It’s just more units on the street, there’s overtime assignments especially in hot spots. We’ll direct our resources there to those spots and just try to saturate the area,” Boisvert said.
“Gun violence doesn’t just hurt the person who received it. It also hurts other family members and friends also,” said Henrietta Beckman, Co-Founder of Mothers United Against Violence.
Beckman knows the pain of gun violence all too well.
In 2002 her son was killed in a shooting.
“Once you pull the trigger, there’s no returning of that bullet,” Beckman said.
She and other members of Mothers United Against Violence want to drive home this message.
“I think we have to be more proactive in our community, when we see something, say something,” said Rev. Henry Brown, with Mothers United Against Violence.
Brown said it’s dangerous when guns fall into the wrong hands.
“I think it’s just the wrong people have guns. I think these people who are not registered to have guns, should not have guns and when the guns fall into the wrong hands, that’s when we have all these shootings,” said Brown.
“There are a lot of ways that we can solve problems without shooting people,” said Beckman.
So far this year, there have been 84 shootings in Hartford.
This time last year there were 91.
“I believe that if we were to make a concrete effort to intertwine with each other, communicate a little bit better with each other, can solve some of these shootings, we can stop some of these shootings,” said Brown.
Brown is calling on people to say something if they see something.
“A lot of people feel like if they tell on somebody, it’s the wrong thing to do. But I’m telling people, when you tell what you know, what you see, it saves people’s lives,” Brown said.
This Sunday, Mothers United Against Violence will be holding its 16th annual day of remembrance for those killed in gun violence.
It will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sigourney Square Park.
Police are asking anyone with information on the shootings to call them.
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