HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- After recent violence in Hartford, citizens are concerned and so is the mayor.
There is pain on the streets in Hartford. Parents watch as their children are gunned down in the parks, on the sidewalks and on their front doorsteps.
"I just lost a cousin the other day on Ashley Street," says Florence Tymes, "and his killer is still loose somewhere."
"My mother and I lost my son, he was shot ten times in Keeney Park," says Tymes, "It has been three years and I haven't heard anything."
Local businesses are feeling the effects as well. Harry at French's Liquors grew up on these streets.
"It huts everyone, not just business," explained Harry, "It hurts people in this community because people in this community are afraid to come out."
Two murders and nearly a dozen shootings on Hartford streets over the last couple of weeks has prompted Mayor Segaro to take to talking the beat again.
"Can we do better? Yes we can," says Mayor Pedro Segarra, "in order to do better is for the community, the police department and the government to step up to the plate."
For those people who are critical of the mayor and are asking where he was when the shooting happened, he says he has been out on the beat then and even weeks before, because he knows that as summer heats, so does the violence. He is trying to stay ahead of it.
"We have learned a lot over the past years, the shootings and homicides were down by 65 percent prior to last weekend," says Mayor Segarra, "So, we are learning more ways to be effective."
Florence hopse tehre is a solution soon, before school lets out next week and summer starts to sizzle.
"There needs to be some changes, he can come out, it sounds good, he can come out, but what is going to happen once he comes out?" asked , "There is a lot of work that needs to be done here."