Much has been made—and rightly so—of the out-of-control gun violence in Hartford this year. But while people and reporters focus on the Insurance City’s severe problems, the Elm City has its own gun violence problem. This past week was no exception as a man was shot in the head at a local gas station during the morning rush hour. That was just one of some seven shootings over a period of just a couple of weeks.
The 8 a.m. shooting at the Sunoco station on Foxon Blvd. Monday was followed by an incident in which a 16-year old was shot in the leg later in the day. Tuesday wasn’t any better. A 27-year old was shot in broad daylight (at 2:30 p.m.)—the third shooting in two days.
Unlike Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp has no intention of turning to the state for help after the rash of gun fire. “There is no indication or suggestion from the NHPD that recent shootings are in any way connected or are anything other than a statistical anomaly,” said Laurence Grotheer, the city’s Director of Communications. “Over the past three years, statistics confirm how shots fired in New Haven have steadily decreased year-to-year, and after swearing-in another new class of police academy graduates just two weeks ago, Mayor Harp is committed to extending that trend.”
Mayor Harp made community policing a major part of her campaign for the city’s top office.