Teen injured during early morning shooting in Hartford
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A teenager was hurt in a shooting that happened early Thursday morning.
According to police, the 15-year-old boy was found on Pershing Street after officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert around 12:23 a.m.
The victim’s injury was believed to be non-life-threatening.
The Hartford Police Major Crimes and Crime Scene divisions responded and assumed the investigation.
Earlier this week, homicides in Hartford reached 23 for the year.
The statistic had residents and crime activists fed up.
“It’s alarming,” said Elizabeth Annitto of Hartford. “It’s concerning for us, for the community obviously.”
“We notice there’s a lot of chatter back and forth between different groups and that often leads to gun play and violence,” said Cornell Lewis, an activist.
While activists focus on programs to educate how to deescalate confrontations to prevent gun violence, police said a big challenge they face is that many times people involved are not willing to come forward.
Mayor Bronin addressed the recent violence saying the latest shootings are targeted, specific groups shooting each other in retaliation.
“The shooting last night we have every reason to believe was a targeted shooting and that the young man who was shot was the intended victim of a targeted shooting,” said Bronin.
Many residents want less talk and more action, saying they feel neglected.
“Right now we in a war zone. Nobody has it where no matter they go they feel safe,” said Carolyn Cook.
Carolyn Cook is holding back tears today.
She has lost 13 family members to gun violence in Hartford over the last 20 years.
“These shootings happen every day and they effect everybody,” said Rev. Henry Brown.
Even though these shootings are targeted, Reverend Henry Brown doesn’t feel safe.
“Am I scared? Yes. Am I concerned? Yes. Am I worried this is going to happen to someone else? Yes. These guns are popping off and there’s going to be somebody who’s a victim,” said Brown.
Other residents share his sentiment.
“I could just be sitting here talking to you guys and a bullet just come flying. A bullet that really has no name,” said Marquis Ware-Appleway.
When asked if he believes the City is safe, Mayor Bronin responded, “when you see… as you know over the last week there have been a number of incidents part of this cycle that is deeply traumatic to the community.”
He does not say yes or no but says police are in the neighborhoods trying to prevent these shootings, not just solve them.
The organization Peace Builders is also working hard trying to start relationships with these violent groups.
“Police your own community. We know the people that are doing these things and if we don’t say nothing then they’ll continue to happen,” said Brown.
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