Hartford police identify victim of 3rd homicide in a week
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The Hartford Police Department said it responded to a deadly shooting in the area of Main and Capen streets on Wednesday night.
Police identified the victim 46-year-old Lamonte Brown of Hartford.
They called it the third homicide this week in capital city.
They said the victim was approached by two people, a male and a female, and some sort of argument took place in the area of 2194 Main St.
The male pulled out a gun and shot the victim.
The call about it came in around 8:30 p.m. for a report of male victim who needed medical help. Brown was found unconscious on a sidewalk.
The victim, believed to be in his 40s, suffered from multiple gun shot wounds. He was pronounced deceased on the scene.
Lt. Aaron Boisvert of the Hartford Police Department said the shooting happened near city cameras, which were reviewed.
The homicide marked Hartford’s 36th of the year, a tally that surpassed last year’s total of 34. It’s a number that hasn’t been seen since 90s.
“It’s concerning. Obviously it’s a large number. This is the biggest year I’ve ever seen,” Boisvert said. “We continue to grind away. I just talked to our intel division. We’ve already got 322 illegal guns off the street. The guys are working, detectives are working. Unfortunately, this is just an increase in violence that I’ve never seen.”
Officers are working to find out what led up to the argument, but they said it seemed like everyone involved knew each other and that it was not a random incident.
“We’re seeing this over and over again,” Boisvert said. “These personal differences, these personal disputes. It seems lately, the first choice is to pick up a gun and begin shooting.”
The majority of shootings in Hartford this year have not been random. They’ve been over personal disputes.
“The number is high. Our prayer is that there’s no more,” said Deborah Davis with Mothers United Against Violence.
“The homicide yesterday, watching the camera a marked police officer was there literally seconds before the homicide. Did it stop him? Didn’t stop him. That’s a problem. That’s a real tough problem to have,” said Lt. Aaron Boisvert with the Hartford Police Department.
So far this year there have been 36 homicides in Hartford.
The shootings are not random.
Boisvert said most of the homicides this year have been over personal disputes.
“And those are the toughest kind. You can’t plan for them. You can’t be in a certain neighborhood. You can’t look at the past crime and try to operate that way. It’s just it’s gonna pop up, you don’t know where,” said Boisvert.
As Hartford police work around the clock, groups like Mothers United Against Violence are also working hard to prevent future conflicts and guns from getting into the wrong hands.
“And the access of guns in our community is very high. So that’s what we’re working on as part of the larger group to help resolve and help find a way to prevent those guns from getting into the community,” said Davis.
Reverend Henry Brown said the community needs to work together to help prevent future tragedies from happening.
“I want people out here in the community to know that if you see something, say something. If you know people have guns that shouldn’t have guns, report that. Because anything like that can save a life,” said Brown.
In most of these homicides illegal guns have been used.
Hartford police said they’ve taken 322 illegal guns off the streets so far this year.
Copyright 2022 WFSB. All rights reserved.