Police out in full force after overnight shooting marks Hartford’s third homicide of the week

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police are out in full force after another person was shot and killed overnight, marking the third homicide this week. It happened hours after a group of lawmakers called for action to prevent gun violence across Connecticut cities.

All of this happened just up the road from the State Capitol and state office buildings. Police tell us the victim was found unresponsive on Babcock Street.

Workers at Arora’s Bakery and Restaurant were hard at work around 11:30 Wednesday night, the same time first responders rushed to Babcock Street.

“We leave so late or come in to work so early. And for that to happen. It’s really scary,” said Karen Valenzuela, Owner, Aurora’s Bakery and Restaurant.

They found a man later identified as 31-year-old Heriberto Garcia suffering from a gunshot wound in a car in the driveway. He was pronounced dead at Hartford Hospital.

A portion of Babcock Street was closed throughout the night. Police quickly developed leads and took a suspect into custody Thursday morning.

The incident marks the capital city’s third homicide of the week and ninth of the year, falling on the heels of a toddler and teen killed over the weekend.

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“It is disheartening. It is upsetting. It’s been a very busy week in the city. We’re out there. The chief, the mayor are very concerned, obviously. It’s all hands on deck at this point,” said Lt. Aaron Boisvert.

Police are out in full force across divisions and details.

“The officers are getting ordered in. They’re being ordered to stay late after their shift,” said Boisvert.

Garcia’s shooting death fell on the same day Democratic lawmakers gathered to call on Governor Ned Lamont to invest more state funds into violence prevention programs.

“What we are seeing in our cities is a slow mass killing and this state is doing almost nothing about it,” said State Sen. Gary Winfield (D) New Haven.

“These kids don’t believe in the future. There’s nothing that we’ve shown them or invested in them to show that they have a future in front of them,” said State Sen. Marilyn Moore (D) Bridgeport.

Police are asking for anyone with knowledge about this incident to contact police. Those tips can be anonymous.

Anyone with any information regarding the case is asked to call the HPD Tip Line at 860-722-TIPS (8477).

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